saratoga choral festival

  The 16th annual Saratoga Choral Festival takes place at the Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park - this Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM. The festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. 

The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir.

Also included on the program - Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in the summer of 2001 and we are joined by Festival Director, Andrea Goodman, and by chorus members Mira DeGregory and Jackson Cherry. 


  The fourteenth annual Saratoga Choral Festival will feature the choral music of Aaron Copland, including the rarely heard complete Old American Songs for chorus and full orchestra. Also on the program is the music from Bernstein's A Wonderful Town and selections from Candide.

Andrea Goodman joins us now to tell us more.

    Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. A jazz pianist noted for his improvisational skills, Dave Brubeck was also a composer of many fully notated compositions. These include choral pieces, hymns, orchestral works, chamber music, ballet suites, a string quartet, solo pieces for piano, violin and voice, and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.

The thirteenth annual Saratoga Choral Festival concert at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs, NY will feature the choral music of Dave Brubeck, including the popular Pange Lingua Variations, and the unpublished Canticles of Mary.

Andrea Goodman is the director of the Saratoga Choral Festival and she joins us to tell us more.