Past Concerts

The DCC has enjoyed great success with an eclectic array of performances over the past ten years!


An American Christmas Concert held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air on Sunday, December 3, 2017

As we draw an end to our fall semester, what better way to celebrate than with the sounds of Christmas.  We had a record breaking attendance with over 400 in the audience.  The evening was full of magic as the Deer Creek Chorale, Deer Creek Chamber Choir and Deer Creek Youth Choir joined together to  perform such great works as Over the River and Through the Woods, A Carol Fantasy, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  The delightful voices of the Deer Creek Youth Choir were brought to life by our accompanist, Shisa Suskey, and saxophone player, Steve Scheinberg, during the marvelous rendition of  The Christmas Song.  The Deer Creek Chamber Choir gave a tremendous performance of some classics such as Caroling, Caroling and White Christmas and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.  We are already looking forward to next year’s holiday performance.  We hope you will join us!

APRIL 30, 2017 – DEER CREEK CHORALE SPRING CONCERT – “MUSIC AND MEMORY”

What a fabulous night!  The Music and Memory Collaboration Concert at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College was a marvelous success by any measure.  

The Deer Creek Chorale, the Goucher Choirs, the Deer Creek Youth Choir, and guest conductor Bruce Rogers presented a collaborative concert on the theme of music and memory.  The program introduced the mid-Atlantic premiere of Robert Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories,” with the composer himself in the audience!  The work dramatically interpreted Dr. Alzheimer’s discovery of the disease, shared amusing and moving stories and experiences of patients, and conveyed words of comfort and hope for caregivers. Audience members found some of these experiences to be personally familiar, with a deeper appreciation for the powerful role music plays in summoning memory and connecting patients with their friends and family.

Soprano Carolyn Black-Sotir and baritone Thomas Beard were featured performers, along with a professional orchestra.  The concert featured the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Deer Creek Chorale, Three Memories, composed by Goucher College faculty member and Director of Choral Activities Daniel McDavitt.  Prior to the concert was an Alzheimer Awareness Panel Forum.   This was truly extraordinary event!

The Team – Marty Banghart, Wayne Perry, Composer Robert Cohen, Conductor Bruce Rogers, and Composer Danny McDavitt

Pre-rehearsal Potluck Dinner

Getting to know one another

Wendy and Steve Scheinberg

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

The Concert

The Concert

Soloists Carolyn Black-Sotir and Thomas Beard

A peek at the orchestra

Music and Memory Concert Poster

The Concert

dinner with the Principals at the Hunt Valley Country Club

A few of the many comments about the performance…

“Thank you Martha Banghart and the DCC for one of the single most moving and powerful musical experience of my life.”

“I am such a lucky and blessed composer to have had my work performed by such wonderful and talented people.”  – Robert Cohen (present in the audience)

“I just want to reiterate what an incredible experience the Alzheimer’s Stories performance was and [thank you for] inviting me to be a part if it. And it appears the performance was equally powerful for both the audience and the performers. I can’t tell you how many people have raved about it. You should feel so proud and rewarded you made such an indelible artistic event possible for the chorus, orchestra, soloists, audience members, the conductor, the composer, and for the many who have been touched directly or indirectly by Alzheimer’s. For all your hard work, you at least deserve a victory on the tennis court!  Thanks again for including me in this fabulous concert!”  – Carolyn Black-Sotir

“Thank you so much Marty. It was a wonderful wonderful experience. I really really appreciate everything and I look forward to working with you all in the future. Thanks again.  Peace and blessings to you and the group.”  – Thomas Beard

“I have learned so much about singing this year and have so much more to learn. I hope that I can continue to learn with the choir. Making music again has filled a hole that was in my soul. (I didn’t realize how much so.)  My soul has been fed this year.  So, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to sing with the choir this year. The DCC group is so incredibly talented, supportive, and wonderful.”

“Thank you for the gift of a concert ticket which became an invitation to Divine healing.”

“Of all the pieces we sang, I thought the singing of “If music be the food of love” was maybe the finest performance ever by DCC and the singers who accompanied!  What an opening.  It brought a tear to my eye….and it was not the last of the day!”

“This choir is made up of extremely talented musicians who not only can sing, but truly have a passion for it.  I am so honored to have been apart of this season and I am very sad to be going back down south.  However, You all have inspired me to join a choir in Virginia from August to December (I emailed them as soon as I got home from our concert) until we most likely move back to Charleston, SC where I will join another choir. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for having me and reminding me about the power of music.”

“…Finally, I offer so much love and gratitude to all of our amazing attendees who made us feel on top of the world as the last notes of The Alzheimer Stories rang out to the accompaniment of your thunderous applause. This entire concert, and that magical moment, will live forever in my memory.”

“The whole process leading up to yesterday really sparked something in me. It reminded me how important music is as an art form, how special it is to us as humans, and how music decorates time in such powerful ways.”

“Masterful, insightful, inspiring performance! Thank you so much for your vision, passion, and compassion, Martha Banghart, and all contributors to this masterpiece!”


Beautiful Ladew Gardens all decorated for Christmas

Beautiful Ladew Gardens all decorated for Christmas

December 10, 2015 – Ladew Topiary Gardens Christmas Open House

The Deer Creek Chamber Choir entertained delighted guests of the Topiary Gardens as part of their annual Christmas Open House.  The historic house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the melodic sounds of the DCC chamber Choir’s Christmas carols resounded for all to enjoy.  What a lovely holiday tradition!



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MARCH 11, 2017 – A CAPPELLA SHOWCASE

This year’s A Cappella Showcase held at Perry Hall High School was the most successful in its three year history. Thirteen groups were on stage representing three genres of a cappella music: choral, barbershop, and contemporary/ collegiate, and preformed to a very appreciative house of approximately 200 people.

The headliner groups, The Chromatics (thechromatics.com) and Lustre Quartet (lustrequartet.com/ were phenomenal, but all performers performed well and contributed to a truly special evening!  Other choral groups included the Deer Creek Chorale Chamber SingersPerry Hall High School Chamber Choir, and Fallston High School Advanced Chorus.  The Barbershop participants included Tradition (a collegiate male quartet –  www.facebook.com/traditionquartet), Upper Chesapeake Chorus (Sweet Adelines – uccsai.com), and Knock Out Quartet (www.facebook.com/KnockOutBarbershopQuartet).   Contemporary/Collegiate groups included nationally and internationally performing Vocal Obsession (vocalobsession.com), DaCapo (Collegiate style group from Patterson Mill High School, Bel Air, MD), Royal Timbres (Sextet from Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, MD), Purrrfect Pitch (Coed group from Towson University -(www.facebook.com/purrrfectpitch), and UMBC Stilettos (Female group from UMBC – www.facebook.com/umbcstilettos).  What a fabulous line-up!   One of the remarkable things about this year’s event was the realization by audience members that there were so many a cappella groups in the area.   Attendees are already looking forward to next year!


Deer Creek Chamber Choir St. James Church February 2017

Feb. 19, 2017 – CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT – A Lovely Afternoon!

On a clear and unusually warm winter afternoon, the Deer Creek Chamber Choir, and the Deer Creek Youth Choir presented a lovely concert to an appreciative audience at Monkton’s historic St. James Episcopal Church.  The diverse program included a mix of a cappella works and accompanied pieces by the adult choir, and featured in the middle of the program, the youth choir offered three of its own pieces, accompanied by the talented Amanda Bentkowski.

Highlights of the program included a witty performance of three quotes of Mark Twain by Andrea Ramsey by the youth choir, and the adult choir’s rendition of Gjeilo’s “Ubi Caritas” which featured beautiful interludes by Lori Geckle on the piano (listen above). After a lively but unexpectedly incongruous version of “Snow,” both groups came together for the exuberant final piece, “Share the Joy.” At the reception following the performance performers and audience members mingled to “share the joy” that lingered long after the last notes of the concert.

 

DCYC at St. James 2017

 

Christmas Concert 2016 – The DCC and DCYC

Dec. 4, 2016 –  Deer Creek Chorale Christmas Concert – A Fabulous Performance!

The DCC Behold New Joy Christmas concert at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Bel Air was a huge success!  The program was meaningful and varied.  The first half of the performance featured Pergolesi’s “Magnificat” with string orchestra and soloistsand the debut performance of the Deer Creek Youth Choir. The second half was devoted to Kirchner’s “Behold New Joy” with guest organist Donald Wolcott, and Susa’s “Christmas Garland” with piano, flute, and other instruments.  Choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists were exemplary, and the venue was the perfect setting to showcase the excellence of the DCC choirs.  What a fabulous beginning to the holiday season for the very appreciative audience!


Bethel Presbyterian Church

Nov. 20, 2016 – Chamber Choir Concert – A splendid afternoon!

The Deer Creek Chamber Choir gave a stunning performance on November 20th at Bethel Presbyterian Church, kicking off the 10th anniversary concert season.  The concert premiered“The Beatitudes” by Nigel Jones from South Wales to commemorate the DCC’s 10th anniversary.  The choir and accompanist Lori Geckle were rewarded by two standing ovations and free-flowing tears from audience and singers alike. Their next performance will be at St. James Church on February 19th at 3 p.m. Don’t miss it!!


Silo Hill

Oct. 29, 2016 – Inform and Inspire Gala at Silo Hill     –     A Smashing success!

Concert-goers enjoyed a fabulous evening of dinner, drinks, and live music featuring jazz and Gershwin at The Music Barn at Silo Hill in Phoenix, Maryland.  The featured speaker was Goucher College President and world renown jazz pianist Jose Antonio Bowen. Also performing was our own Steve Scheinberg and his Jazz Trio, and celebrity Carolyn Black-Sotir singing Gershwin.  Silo Hill offered a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and is the host of the noted Steinway Series of concerts featuring local and national guest artists.  It was truly an outstanding program!


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The DCC Choir wows an appreciative audience

May 8th – No Ordinary Women:  A Tribute to Mothers!

What a magnificent evening!   Our No Ordinary Women:  A Tribute for Mothers! concert featured a wonderful array of music by and about women – a lovely way to honor the ladies in our audience on a beautiful Mother’s Day  afternoon.  At the outset of the program lady guests were presented with corsages.   The performance culminated in a tribute to local Judi Famous, a gifted oboist and teacher who passed away tragically. The Rose, the Briar, and the Bicycle” by Gwyneth Walker featured a virtuoso oboe part which Judi would have performed.  We were honored to have the nationally renown oboist Dr. Heather Killmeyer, a close friend, frequent duet partner, and protege of Judi’s, as our guest artist in that role.   The presence and participation of composer Gwyneth Walker herself, as well as soloist Carolyn Black-Sotir, accompanist Mark Sheppard, dancer Shaela Davis, instrumentalists, and our fabulous choir produced a magical and joyful experience for our very appreciative audience.  Thank you emails following the concert were effusive with comments such as these:

“I am almost speechless. Yesterday was absolutely wonderful. The choice of pieces, the vocal and instrumental sound (Ahhhhhh!) the dancing, the appearance of everyone with the corsages….I could go on and on but I know you must have been as pleased as I (and the rest of the audience).  I was moved to tears a couple of times, both by the beauty and also by the longing to be a part of it all. I don’t know how I can work out the time, but mark by words, I will find a way and, if you all will have me, I want to join this fantastic organization.” – Kathy Frawley

“I cannot thank you enough for tracking me down! I had a wonderful time working with your choir, and they were such gracious and talented hosts! It was also a treat running into old friends, especially Judi’s husband Earl. He always took an interest in Judi’s oboe students, and was our chef for studio parties! I’m so grateful that you gave me the opportunity to honor Judi’s memory. Performing with your choir was a real treat!” – Heather Killmeyer

“It was absolutely wonderful!! I was so impressed with the level of talent and diversity!!! You must be so proud and still on cloud 9!” –  Laura Nemec

“Thanks, Marty, for keeping our energy up and pulling nuances from our delivery of a “wonderful variety of music”           – Bunny Mosley

“One of the best sounding Deer Creek Concerts I have attended”    – Jean Sack

“OUTSTANDING, what fun. And to see the crowd smiling, you knew they were getting the words….. ‘Cindy’ was my echo this morning.” – Mary Sue Shaw

“So I woke up singing Harriet Tubman and full of thanksgiving for being able to be part of something so enjoyable during this time in my life. I really look forward to Tuesday rehearsals and consider it such a blessing to sing with my boys!  Thank you for your heart investment in something so wonderful for so many!”  – Sandy Dickerson

“And thank you for your vision and hard work which have made this all possible. My family loved the program, and I love the experience.  My daughter is already excited because the next program is scheduled for her birthday,  December 4.” – Jack Carlson

“Meant to email you sooner. Concert was great. Music beautiful. We really enjoyed it. Spoke with Janet and she was impressed also.” – Rebecca Puente

“Thanks for your creativity and professionalism which was behind the success of such a beautiful Mother’s Day event. I enjoy being a part of this lovely group and your enthusiasm is a bright star shining on us with warmth and guidance. Thanks for a great season!” – Cyndy Allen

A Dance...

Shaela Davis dancing to the song cycle entitled “No Ordinary Woman” by Gwyneth Walker accompanied by soloist Carolyn Black Sortir.

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The DCC Choir in full voice at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church in Bel Air on Mother’s Day


DCC singing "Mortals and Angels" with the DCINY at Carnegie Hall

DCC singing “Mortals and Angels” with the
DCINY at Carnegie Hall

January 25, 2016 – Carnegie Hall!!!

What a fabulous experience!   DCC choristers joined 200+ other Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) vocalists to sing the world premier of Carol Barnett’s “Mortals and Angels:  A Bluegrass Te Deum.”  The group converged on New York City at the outset of a blizzard that dumped almost 30 inches of snow in the five-borough area.  Despite the blizzard, three days of intensive rehearsals ensued, culminating in the concert itself in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium.  The concert was directed by internationally renown principal conductor Jonathan Griffith and the work was accompanied by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent.

The performance at Carnegie Hall was magical! The sense of history within the building was awe-inspiring, and the professionalism of the Carnegie Hall staff was impressive. The fabulous Isaac Stern Auditorium was nearly filled to capacity despite the heavy snow.  Dailey and Vincent opened the show, and soon after the entire ensemble joined them. DCC baritone Steve Scheinberg was the only soloist, and he stole the show! The finale was followed by thunderous applause, and the applause for Steve was the loudest!

“…not your typical concert experience, but [rather] full of raucous joy.  The text of the work flows with a natural ease, and the music is sincere and without any pretense. This is a winning combination…” – New York Review, Inc.

“…magical; beyond words.  I loved the marriage of the bluegrass music and choral voices.  The whole performance was spectacular!”  – Karen Hartt

The blizzard closed NY streets to all mass transit and vehicular traffic as we began our 1st rehearsal.

The blizzard closed NY streets to all mass transit and vehicular traffic as we began our 1st rehearsal.

Out of the snow choristers gather at the Crown Plaza Hotel for 1st rehearsal.

Coming in from the snow choristers gather at the Crown Plaza Hotel for 1st rehearsal.

Rehearsals were well-organized

Rehearsals were well-organized.  Everyone had a row and position number.

DCC Director Marty Banghart and composer Carol Barnett re-connect.

DCC Director Marty Banghart and composer Carol Barnett re-connect.

Maestro Jonathan Griffin took charge.

Maestro Jonathan Griffin took charge.

Day 2 Rehearsal was located at the Park Central Hotel

Day 2 Rehearsal was located at the Park Central Hotel

Jamie Dailey, Carol Barnett, and Darren Vincent

Jamie Dailey, Carol Barnett, and Darren Vincent join the group.

Steve & Wendy Scheinberg with librettist Marisha Chamberlain

Steve & Wendy Scheinberg with librettist Marisha Chamberlain

Jamie Daily takes a selfie with Steve Scheinberg during rehearsal

Jamie Daily takes a selfie with Steve Scheinberg during rehearsal

Day 3 rehearsals were at Carnegie Hall.

Day 3 rehearsals were at Carnegie Hall.

It's showtime!

It’s showtime!

Angels in waiting - Cris Martin, Muffy Deeley, Meredith Leroy, & Stephanie Davis

Angels in waiting – Cris Martin, Muffy Deeley, Meredith Leroy, & Stephanie Davis

Cyndy Allen with angel sopranos from Florida and Kentucky

Cyndy Allen with angel sopranos from Florida and Kentucky

The Isaac Stern Auditorium was prepared with angel-waving cloths.

The Isaac Stern Auditorium was prepared with angel-waving cloths.

Setting up on stage

Setting up on stage

The view from the balcony

The view from the balcony

The narrators, Jonathan Griffith, and Dailey & Vincent

The narrators, Jonathan Griffith, and Dailey & Vincent

Some 2nd sopranos and altos

Some 2nd sopranos and altos

Bows after the performance

Bows after the performance

The Reception after the show at the Providence

Dailey & vincent at he Reception after the show at the Providence


Beautiful Ladew Gardens all decorated for Christmas

Beautiful Ladew Gardens all decorated for Christmas

December 10, 2015 – Ladew Topiary Gardens Christmas Open House

The Deer Creek Chamber Choir entertained delighted guests of the Topiary Gardens as part of their annual Christmas Open House.  The historic house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the melodic sounds of the DCC chamber Choir’s Christmas carols resounded for all to enjoy.  What a lovely holiday tradition!



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The DCC wows the crowd with Music for All Seasons

December 6, 2015 – Music for All Seasons at Towson United Methodist Church

What a wonderful experience! The concert explored the four seasons in song.  It began with a cycle of Chinese folk songs representing the four seasons followed by varied selections depicting Spring and Summer. Following intermission, the colors of Autumn came alive and the concert concluded with celebrations of the Winter season. Composers from Monteverdi, Lauridsen, Rutter, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Holst, Berlin and Gershwin created a unique musical portrait of the seasons of the year.   The appreciative audience showed its approval with a standing ovation!

Kudos to soloists Claire Chambers, Patrick Dickerson, Tom Dickerson, McKenzie Moylan, Jason Redmond, Steve Scheinberg, Wendy Scheinberg, Jocelyn Wilhelm, Lee Woolford, and reader Suzanne Zantop for a fabulous job!  Our profound thanks also to accompanist Shisa Suskey and instrumentalists Rachel Butera (Flute), Aneta Otrreba Kuznik (Cello), John Suskey (Percussion), and Lindsay Zinnerman (Violin & Fiddle) for their stellar performances.


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Beautiful Our Lady of the Angels Chapel

November 22, 2015 – Charlestown Our Lady of the Angels Concert

What lovely harmonies!  On Sunday, November 22nd, the Deer Creek Chorale and Chamber Choir entertained residents, guests, and friends at the Charles-town Senior Living Community in the beautiful Our Lady of the Angels Chapel as part of the community’s Winter Concert Series.  The joyful “Americana” Concert featured seasonal selections by both groups, as well as a reprise of three pieces from our fabulous Bluegrass Mass concert last year.

The audience was enthralled by the melodic harmonies of the pieces as they resonated in the marvelous acoustics of the historic building, evoking emotions ranging from smiles to chills to tears. Appreciative attendees expressed their delight and awe of the performance.
Kudos to soloists Jocelyn Wilhelm, Steve Scheinberg, Wendy Scheinberg, James Ulman, Robert Bullis, Claire Chambers, and Patrick Dickerson. Special thanks also to our fabulous accompanist, Shisa Suskey, and our conductors extraordinaire Marty Banghart and Wayne Perry!


May 5, 2015 – The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – 187 singers conducted by Dr. Paul Rardin

What a fabulous success! The DCC held its final concert of the year on May 3rd—a celebration of Americana culminating in the performance of Carol Barnett’s The world Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, conducted by the celebrated Paul Rardin and accompanied by the nationally renown Monroe Crossing bluegrass band.  The DCC hosted four outstanding vocal groups for the occasion.  The first half of the concert featured each choir performing several selections highlighting the Americana theme. Then Monroe Crossing opened the second half with a toe-tapping performance that heralded the Maryland premiere of our featured Bluegrass Mass.  Finally, all 187 singers took the stage for a wonderful performance of the work, accompanied by Monroe Crossing, under the direction of Dr. Rardin. The final result was a prolonged standing ovation from the sellout crowd!

The Deer Creek Chorale and the Towson University Choral Society opened the concert

The DCC and Towson University Choral Society Opened the Concert with “Fanfare for a Festival”

Concorde Vocal Ensemble of the York County Senior Honors Choir wowed the audience with their arrangement of Happy by Pharrell Williams.

Concorde Vocal Ensemble of the York County Senior Honors Choir

Rising Sun High School Chorale performed a rollicking piece entitled Bones Be Good by Gwyneth Walker.

Rising Sun High School Chorale performed a rollicking “Bones Be Good” by Gwyneth Walker.

Fallston High School Women's Choir closed the first half with Cripple Creek accompanied by Lori Geckle and Lisa Fuglie on fiddle.

Fallston High School Women’s Choir closed the first half with Cripple Creek accompanied by Lori Geckle and Lisa Fuglie

Monroe Crossing opened the 2nd half with an entertaining set which had the audience tapping their toes and preparing for the Maryland premiere of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

Monroe Crossing opened the 2nd half with an entertaining set which had the audience tapping their toes and preparing for the Maryland premiere of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass”

187 singers and the Monroe Crossing under the direction of Dr. Paul Rardin

187 singers and the Monroe Crossing under the direction of Dr. Paul Rardin

A prolonged standing ovation from a sold-out crowd greeted the musicians upon completion of Carol Barnett's very exciting work which melded the classical mass genre with the American bluegrass style

A prolonged standing ovation from a sold-out crowd greeted the musicians upon completion of Carol Barnett’s very exciting work which melded the classical mass genre with the American bluegrass style


March 27, 2015 – First annual DCC Invitational A Capella Festival

What a joyful concert event for a great cause – Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna!  A special shout out to GQ for sharing their talents with us, and to John Pusateri and Perry Hall high school for hosting this event to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna.

Bonus Track

Bonus Track

Perry-Hall-High-School-Chamber Choir

Perry-Hall-High-School-Chamber Choir

Flash Point

Flash Point

Headliner Group - GQ

Headliner Group – GQ

Fallston Choir

Fallston Choir

The Susquehanna Singers

The Susquehanna Singers

Knock Out

Knock Out

Deer Creek Chorale Chamber Choir

Deer Creek Chorale Chamber Choir


December 7, 2014 – Christmas Around the World

A Resounding Success!   The DCC celebrated the Christmas season with an outstanding holiday performance at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in  Madonna, MD. The sixty-three member ensemble took a sell-out crowd on a musical journey around the world with stops in France, Ireland, Jerusalem, Africa, Mexico, Germany, and then back to the U.S. We received wonderful feedback from a very appreciative audience!

The harmonic tones were enhanced by a variety of instrumental accompanists. Our appreciation goes to pianist Shisa Suskey, organist Henry Lowe, harpist Wallace, violinist Lindsey Zimmerman, Irish whistle Patrick Dickerson and percussionist John Suskey.

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Getting Ready

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The Excitement Builds

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Lexi Morris on the violin

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Soloist Baritone Steve Scheinberg waits backstage


2013-2014 Concert Season Highlights

The audience was moved to tears

The audience was moved to tears

November 17, 2013 What an afternoon of music making! 

The large audience was moved to tears as were the singers, accompanist and director. The selections glorified love in every age and the poetry was poignant to all.

 

 

 

A change of venue due to snow

A change of venue due to snow

“The Musical Gifts We Give”

Snow couldn’t stop the DCC! The concert was rescheduled for Friday the 13th and all those present were treated to an exciting concert at a new venue. The first half included movements from major works which the choir had performed in the past including “Messiah,” “Coronation Mass,” “Magnificat,” “Ceremony of Carols,” Faure’s “Requiem,” and the “Seven Joys of Christmas.” Then organist Henry Lowe and the Chamber Choir led the audience in a rousing sing-along. The 2nd half included the choir’s favorites over the years which included selections by Mendelssohn, Victoria, Rutter, Irving Berlin and ended with an exciting gospel piece with Shisa and John Suskey providing the jazzy accompaniment.

 

Arian Khaefi pre-Carmine Barundi concert lecture

Combined choirs stole the show

Combined choirs stole the show

March 8, 2014 – Carmina Burana with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra

For their first collaboration since the Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, Deer Creek Chorale and guest singers from Harford Choral Society (William Spencer), the Towson University Choral Society (John Pusateri), Towson High School Honors Choir (Derrick Jackson) and Children’s Choruses (Frederick Children’s Chorus directed by Judy DuBose and All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis directed by Julie Culotta) and a concert lecture by Dr. Arian Khaefi (Director of Choral Activities at Towson University presented Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Deer Creek Chorale director Martha Banghart and Maestro Sheldon Bair worked on this collaboration for two years in order to present it to the community.  What a magical evening!  From the informative lecture about Orff and his monumental work given by Dr. Arian Khaefi to the sublime performance of Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” dedicated to the memory of Phil Scarff followed by an electrifying performance of “Carmina Burana,” the evening could not have been more rewarding for both performer and audience member.  With approximately 850 in attendance and 300 performers on stage, it was a sight to behold. The chemistry that developed between singer, instrumentalist, soloist and members of the children’s choruses after countless hours of hard work….pretty difficult to match that feeling. And also a huge thank you to all the volunteers who made everything run smoothly.

Concert benefits children in Kenya

Concert benefits children in Kenya


MPLA Concert with Bruce Rogers

MPLA Concert with Bruce Rogers

March 30, 2014

The Towson United Methodist Church was the site of an incredible afternoon of music making. In spite of the rain, snow and blustery conditions, folks ventured from Princeton, DC, Frederick, Baltimore, York, Connecticut, Delaware and other remote areas in the region to witness the “Choir of the World.”  From the first strains of their first song, no one had any doubt of how special Bruce Rogers and the Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers were. The drama, electricity, and awe that pervaded the venue was palpable. The DCC wants to thank everyone for their monetary support of this project and are proud to report that a check for $12,000.00 was presented to the Mpala George Small Outreach Fund which surpassed the set goal of $10,000. Bravo for a job well done!

 

In concert with the Susquehanna Symphany at Carnegie Hall

In concert with the Susquehanna Symphony at Carnegie Hall

April 3-7, 2014

What a fabulous experience!  DCC choristers performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall!

 

 

 

May 4, 2014 – Concert Honoring Our Veterans and Youth

“A Plea for Unity: Hope for Resolution” concert was held at the North Harford Performing Arts Center with special guests the Susquehanna Youth Ballet.  The inter-generational community choir concert began with the “Star Spangled Banner” in celebration of its 200th anniversary, accompanied by a Color Guard honoring our veterans. The choir then presented “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Ralph Vaughn Williams with the DCC Chamber Orchestra and soloists Jocelyn Wilhem and Jason Redmond. This major work was written in 1936 as a reaction to the impending unrest in Europe in hopes that escalation of tensions would not lead to another world war. In it, Williams uses texts from different sources including three poems by Walt Whitman which were written during the Civil War. It is a compelling and moving tribute to the horrors of war and the beauty of peace.

The second half will began with the area premiere of the commissioned piece “Someday is Today” by Andre Thomas followed by selections by Colin Britt and Pete Seeger, as well as a Hebrew folk song and the familiar “Down by the Riverside.” The program ended with “Hope for Resolution” which featured the Patterson Mill Middle School Concert Choir directed by Amanda Noto and the Susquehanna Youth Ballet led by Ashley Spears. This piece was a tribute to Nelson Mandela and de Klerk showing that reconciliation is preferable to war.

Earlier Concerts
May 5, 2013

Bruce Rogers conducts Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen

Bruce Rogers conducts Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen

The Deer Creek Chorale

The Deer Creek Chorale

York Concorde Vocal Ensemble

York Concorde Vocal Ensemble

Falston High School concert choir

Falston High School concert choir

December 9, 2012 – Crowned Jewels of the Season Concert

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The Deer Creek Chorale donated Xmas gifts for the residents of the Harford Family House which provides transitional housing for homeless families

The Chamber Choir  "Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree"

The Chamber Choir
“Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree”

Sleigh Ride performed by John and Shisa Suskey with willing percussionists.

Sleigh Ride performed by John and Shisa Suskey with willing percussionists.

May 2012

Love Lost and Found featured guest conductor Dr. James Bingharm, the Countertop Ensemble, North Harford A Cappella Choir and the DCC Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Faure's Requiem...

Love Lost and Found featured guest conductor Dr. James Bingharm, the Countertop Ensemble, North Harford A Cappella Choir and the DCC Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Faure’s Requiem…

 

Winter 2011

Ceremony of Carols featured Britten's masterpiece and the Seven Joys of Christmas by Kirke Mechem. Emily White was our guest harpist

Ceremony of Carols featured Britten’s masterpiece and the Seven Joys of Christmas by Kirke Mechem. Emily White was our guest harpist

Spring 2010

Crossing the Bar featured the Brahms German Requiem with soloists Lori Lultgren and Robert Cantrell

Crossing the Bar featured the Brahms German Requiem with soloists Lori Lultgren and Robert Cantrell

Winter 2009

Gloria with silent auction for Jackie McCosh and a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria

Gloria with silent auction for Jackie McCosh and a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria

 

October 2009

Performance with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hal

Performance with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hal

June 2008

Perform with Olympic Spirit Choir Tour in China featuring Carmina Burana conducted by Dr. John Guthmiller in Beijing and Shanghai.

Perform with Olympic Spirit Choir Tour in China featuring Carmina Burana conducted by Dr. John Guthmiller in Beijing and Shanghai.

November 2008

Inscription of Hope Benefit Concert with Z. Randall Stroope and the choirs from NHHS, NHMS and the DCC and members of the Baltimore Symphony performing Mass of the Children by John Rutter and works by Stroope to raise funds for the Central Asia Institute

Inscription of Hope Benefit Concert with Z. Randall Stroope and the choirs from NHHS, NHMS and the DCC and members of the Baltimore Symphony performing Mass of the Children by John Rutter and works by Stroope to raise funds for the Central Asia Institute

 

Winter 2007

Messiah with Dr. Karen Kennedy conducting

Messiah with Dr. Karen Kennedy conducting

Winter 2006

Bach Magnificat with Tom Hall conducting

Bach Magnificat with Tom Hall conducting

Spring 2006

Drew Collins conducts Mozart Requiem

Drew Collins conducts Mozart Requiem