The Keene Chorale

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DR. CHARLES HEFFERNAN 1929 – 2022

An appreciation

Dr. Heffernan served as The Keene Chorale’s Music Director from 1984 to 1999

In 1999 on The Keene Chorale’s Twentieth Anniversary, Dr. Charles Heffernan celebrated fifty years of conducting and his fifteenth year with the Chorale.  We ended a tribute to him with one of his witticisms and an expression of our feelings. Hand on chest, he’d say in mock self-pity, “Look at me now and then, so I’ll think I’m needed.”

Charles was the consummate teacher. He met the needs of all, and this ability was a rare gift.  He informed us about the music, explained musical styles, taught vocal techniques, and helped us meet our musical best.

Charles injected little anecdotes during our rehearsals. Under his leadership, The Chorale had discipline, commanded — not demanded — through his musicianship and personality, and our mutual love of music.  Yet no one had greater discipline, and dedication, than Charles himself.

On January 8, 2022, just shy of 93 years old, Charles quietly passed away at his home in Amherst, MA, with his daughter, Priscilla, and his beloved partner of 26 years, Bob, by his side. With memories of more than 40 concerts — of Bach’s Passion According to St. John on our Tenth Anniversary, Handel’s Messiah on our Twentieth, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, music small and grand from Palestrina to Poulenc, Gregorian chant to Heffernan — we say our final good-byes to Dr. Charles Heffernan.

Dr. Charles Heffernan – you will be deeply missed.


Register to sing with The Keene Chorale | Spring 2020

Hello!  Online registration for our Spring Semester is now closed.

First rehearsal and Registration will be on Tuesday, January 14, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH. Registration will also be held on January 28 for those who are not able to begin on the 14th. Note: There will be no rehearsal on January 21.

Registration opens at 6:30 PM, Rehearsal starts at 7:00 PM.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at keenechoralesingers@gmail.com.

 


Register to sing with The Keene Chorale | Fall 2019

Online Registration is now closed for our Fall 2019 semester.  Walk In Registration will be available at our first rehearsal on September 10, and for two additional weeks (on Tuesday September 17 & Tuesday September 24).

Dues are $40 per semester, and music for the Fall semester is $7. We will accept payment by credit card (+ $2 transaction fee) as well as by cash or check. Please inquire about our sliding scale for those who need financial assistance.

Rehearsals are held at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.

Registration on 9/17 & 9/24  opens at 6:30 PM, Rehearsal starts at 7:00 PM.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at keenechoralesingers@gmail.com.

 


Register for A Summer Night Sing at the Opera

Online Registration for A summer Night Sing at the Opera is now closed.

Walk-ins are welcome, and registration will begin at 6:30 pm.

Thursday August 8, 2018
United Church of Christ
Central Square, Keene NH
Registration and check in 6:00 PM ~ Sing 6:30  – 9:00 pm with a break for refreshments
Music for walk in singers will be provided for a nominal sum.
Note: This year’s format is an Open Rehearsal
This event is free and open to all singers joining us for the evening.

Thanks and we look forward to having you join us!

 


2019-2020 & 2020-2021 SEASONS ANNOUNCED!

Cailin Marcel Manson, the Music Director of The Keene Chorale has announced the music for the next two seasons.

Season 41, 2019-2020
Sunday December 8, 2019 Hector Berlioz, L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)
(rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 10)
Spring 2020 (dates and locations tba), Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) with The Windham Orchestra, and Bennington County Choral Society.

Season 42, 2020-2021
Sunday December 13, 2020 George Frideric Handel, Messiah (selections from all three sections)
Spring 2020, (date tba), Felix Mendelssohn, Elijah