Please join us on Saturday evening, Dec. 16th, when the Steiner Chorale, under the direction of Steven Easterling, presents an inspiring and entertaining Holiday Concert, beginning at 7:00 PM at University United Methodist Church, 1120 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI.
Admission is free, but offerings in support of the Chorale will be very much appreciated. Concert highlights include a hauntingly moving 8-part setting by Ola Gjeilo of “O Magnum Mysterium,” a lovely arrangement of “Ubi Caritas” by Daniel Forrest, and “Was I the Lamb” by John Rutter. The Steiner women will sing a cool version of “Down in the River,” drawn from the Sacred Harp tradition; while the Steiner men will sing “The Boars Head Carol” and the rousing spiritual “Hold Out Your Light.” Two other spirituals and unusual arrangements of favorite traditional pieces round out this varied program. Strings, flute, piano, and drums accompany several of the works.
A reception for all will offer elegant refreshments and renewal of friendships.
The Steiner Chorale, supported by members of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra will present two lovely but different settings of the Requiem mass. The first of these masterworks is the beloved and moving Requiem by W.A. Mozart, using a version that is drawn from Mozart’s autograph manuscript. The second is the thrilling Requiem for the Living, composed by Dan Forrest in 2013. Interpolated into the traditional text are an exciting percussive section containing the “Vanity, Vanity” verses from Ecclesiastes and some biting words from Job. The lyrical and hopeful “Lux Aeterna” is augmented by verses from Matthew, sung in English. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM at University United Methodist Church, 1120 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI. Admission is $10.00, but students with ID are welcome at no charge. A reception will take place following the concert.
Please join us on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 pm as Steiner Chorale presents Mid-Winter Songs at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing. We will be featuring songs by John Rutter, Moses Hogan, Johannes Brahm, Gustav Holst, and more. Admission is free for all patrons.
If you are able, consider bringing a non-perishable food item in support of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Steiner Chorale will also be collecting a free will offering to help with ongoing costs of the chorale and to offset the cost of our upcoming trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Steven Easterling is a voice teacher; choral conductor, and he teaches elementary music in the Laingsburg Community School district. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, post BA teacher certification from Michigan State University, and a Master of Music Education from Central Michigan University. He is the conductor of the Laingsburg Community Singers since 2000 and conductor of the Mint City Singers since 2020. He performs as tenor soloist regularly in the mid-Michigan area. He is excited to begin as Artistic Director of the Steiner Chorale this fall and to lead the singers in their return to singing.
Due to the current COVID situation all rehearsals are temporarily postponed. The chorale is eager to resume rehearsals in the fall but are hesitant to announce a start date due to obvious circumstances. Please stay tuned for future announcements posted at either our Facebook page or our website.
With the pronouncement today of Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) by Michigan’s Governor Whitmer, the Steiner Chorale will not hold rehearsals for at least the next three weeks. Please stay tuned for future updates.
Unfortunately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steiner Chorale has canceled its Armeling Vocal Scholarship competition originally scheduled for March 15th. The Steiner Chorale has also decided to postpone its March 13th concert featuring the Bach Magnificat and the John Rutter Requiem. A new date and time is yet to be determined. All of this is unfortunate but a necessary step to help prevent the spread of the virus.