Larimer Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Concert -- How Can We Keep from Singing?

How Can We Keep from Singing? Runestad, Rutter, Larimer Chorale


Larimer Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Concert -- How Can We Keep from Singing?

February 24 and 25, 2017

Who could imagine that a small community chorus founded forty years ago would develop into the impressive choral ensemble and organization that it is today?  The Larimer Chorale’s 40th season is a tribute to all those dedicated individuals who helped pave the way with a strong vision and an even stronger desire to present concerts of the great choral masterworks.  Dr. Michael Todd Krueger, the chorale’s Conductor and Artistic Director, adds “The Chorale has become one of the mainstays of Fort Collins' classical music scene and has developed a national reputation for the quality of its performances and for its groundbreaking outreach program, Singing for Seniors.  I am so privileged to work with this dedicated group of individuals who sing with engaged minds and full hearts.”

All of the music in the Larimer Chorale’s 'official' 40th Anniversary Concert How Can We Keep From Singing? is from living composers –thus appealing to Bohemian Foundation, which is sponsoring the concert.  Together with Sala Voce from the Centennial Children's Chorus, guest artists, Emily Murdock, soprano, and Adam Ewing, baritone, and the Larimer Chorale Orchestra, the Chorale will perform a wide variety of choral music including John Rutter's Mass of the Children, James Mulholland's arrangement of How Can I Keep From Singing?, and a new work, called CLIMB, commissioned specifically for the Chorale from internationally-known composer Jake Runestad. It will also include a few surprises! 

Jake Runestad (born 1986), one of world's most exciting new composers, and the poet he commissioned for CLIMB, Todd Boss, will be in Fort Collins for the concerts and Mr. Runestad will conduct the premier of his work and speak at the pre-concert talks.  (He will also address several classes at CSU.)  John Spencer, President of the Larimer Chorale’s board and tenor in the chorale says, “It is hard to describe the pride we have in introducing a new musical contribution to our community and to the world.  For the singers, it creates a unique opportunity to work with a living composer – and to see a brand new composition come to life.  It is exciting to think we are the first to ever sing these notes!  For the audience, the concert will be unforgettable with the excitement of a world premiere.  CLIMB is a wonderful composition, written with the Chorale and our Rocky Mountain location specifically in mind.”

Though he is perhaps best known for his carols and other short pieces, John Rutter has also composed a number of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.  His beautiful Mass of the Childrenreceived its première in 2003 at Carnegie Hall with the composer conducting. The work is scored for adult mixed choir, children’s choir, soprano and baritone soloists and orchestra. Sheri McKelfresh, the conductor for Sala Voce and the Artistic Director for the Centennial Children’s Chorus, says “Sala Voce is the most advanced group in CCC and is comprised of experienced singers in grades 7 and 8.  Our collaboration with the Larimer Chorale is long-standing and we are honored to perform in this special concert.  Sala Voce will also perform a set of their own.  Members of CCC look up to the adults in the Larimer Chorale and learn that singing is indeed a life-long endeavor.”  Sala Voce will also join the Chorale in performing James Mulholland’s lovely arrangement of How Can I Keep from Singing?. The text of this old hymn speaks directly to the power of vocal music and serves as a lovely theme for this concert.

What:  The Larimer Chorale Presents How Can We Keep from Singing?  40th Anniversary Concert

When/Where:  February 24 and 25, 7:30, First United Methodist Church

Tickets:  Available from the Lincoln Center Ticket Office,

To arrange interviews with Jake Runestad (photo attached), Todd Boss, Michael Krueger, Sheri McKelfresh, or the soloists, please contact Wendy White at 970-227-7665 or


About The Larimer Chorale:

The Larimer Chorale is one of the largest and most accomplished avocational choral ensembles in the Rocky Mountain region. We are an auditioned, adult choir that was created by our community, for our community. Through our concerts, events, and outreach activities, we actively demonstrate that singing is a life-long endeavor that brings fulfillment and enrichment to singers and audiences alike. We sing for the joy it brings to us and our audiences and out of a deep dedication to music and our community. To learn more about the Larimer Chorale and its Singing for Seniors outreach project, visit