The Chorale will devote the 2016-2017 season to preparing for a June choral tour of central Germany, the land of some of Frederick’s first European settlers. The 40th anniversary year of the Chorale (October, 2017) coincides with the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s daring protest against his own church (October, 1517) that led to changes in religion, politics, history, and music of the western world. As musical ambassadors from the Frederick community, the Chorale’s tour of Germany will pay tribute to these circumstances that intersect with our identity and mission. Each member of the Chorale will pay his or her own way—no Chorale operating funds will be used to fund this trip.


Schifferstadt, Germany, our final stop, is our Sister City because Germans from the area were among the first to make Frederick their home in America. Our concert will pay tribute to our bond of ancestry and friendship. As we prepare throughout 2016 and 2017 for this tour that will cap the Chorale’s 39th season, we will share with our Frederick audiences much of the music that we will sing as musical ambassadors in our outreach to international audiences in Germany.






Songs and Scenes of Shakespeare

For the only concert not directly related to the Germany tour, the Chorale travels to Easton, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, for a repeat performance with Shore Shakespeare Company actors as part of the Christ Church’s music series. Because Shore Shakespeare joined the Chorale in performing this moving concert for Frederick audiences in April, 2016, the Chorale is sharing this concert with the actors’ hometown audience in Easton. If you missed this in Frederick, you’ve got a second chance to see this magnificent blending of wonderful music and fine acting.


October 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
Christ Church
111 S Harrison Street • Easton, MD 21601





Christmas with The Frederick Chorale

Join us for this joyous assortment of music, offering both reverence and reveling for the Christmas season. In addition to selections from the mini-masterworks by Mendelssohn and Bach that we will also sing in Germany, there will be adventurous arrangements of familiar carols, bell-themed music, and rousing gospel numbers. A guest string quartet will enhance the Chorale’s sound in this concert that will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes.


December 4, 2016, 3 p.m. and December 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
35 E Church Street • Frederick, MD 21701





A Mighty Fortress: Music Celebrating 500 Years of Protestant Reformation

To celebrate the Protestant Reformation here at home, this concert will highlight the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” lyrics and music written by Martin Luther. Paraphrasing Psalm 46, it expresses the central idea of Protestantism: God is our strength, not humans or institutions (the Church), and we rely on Him for salvation. The hymn was a source of unity, encouragement, and strength to German Protestants under persecution from state or church. Bach arranged the hymn for a variety of musical presentations. You will get to sing it with the Chorale. In addition, the Chorale will sing Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 and a sampler of Protestant music with early American roots: hymns, religious folk songs, and spirituals that both reflected and shaped our country’s national identity.


March 19, 2017, 3 p.m. and March 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
35 E Church Street • Frederick, MD 21701


The Chorale will sing some of this concert’s music on an Easter-themed, interfaith musical program hosted by the LDS Church in Frederick on April 9, 2017, 7 p.m., at the LDS Church at 199 North Place, Frederick, Maryland 21701.




American Voices

This concert exhibits an assortment of the best of American secular music. Among the offerings are selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, with their raw emotional power, Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” (lyrics by Robert Frost) with its classical feel, “Gentle Annie,” a sentimental ballad by Steven Foster, the most popular composer of the mid-1800s, Cole Porter’s witty and playful, “Let’s Do It,” and Harold Arlen’s wistful “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Traditional folk songs, such as “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” round out this this concert that we will share with our friends in Frederick and then later in Schifferstadt, Germany.


May 20, 2017, 8 p.m and May 21, 2017, 3 p.m.
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street • Frederick, MD 21701




In June, 2017, the Chorale travels to Germany for rehearsals and performances. In the magnificent Berlin Cathedral, world-famous Bach scholar and conductor, Helmut Rilling, will lead us and hundreds of singers from international choirs in rehearsals and a final concert. We will be part of the Luther Choral Festival: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation. We expect this to be a once-in-a-lifetime learning and performing experience. Following the Berlin performance, we will travel to Leipzig, a pilgrimage site for musicians. In Leipzig, the Chorale will present a recital in St. Thomas Church, famous for its music directors: Bach in the 18th century and Mendelssohn in the 19th century. From there, the group travels southwest to Schifferstadt. The Chorale, the first large arts group from Frederick to perform there, will bring our American music to the Germans in their historic Old Town Hall (built in 1558). Our concert will pay tribute to our bond of ancestry and friendship.


We are excited to share this season's exceptional music with our Frederick audiences and then abroad as the Frederick community’s musical ambassadors to international audiences in Germany.

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