Rehearsals resume for the Winter & Spring starting February 4, 2020
7:00-9:30pm at St. Alphonsus Church (in the lower church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave. in Chicago)
May 16, 2020 7:30 p.m. St. Alphonsus Church, Chicago, IL and
May 17, 2020 Euclid United Methodist Church, Oak Park, IL
The Community Renewal Chorus is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, equality, peace, and justice through music. Active in Chicago’s musical life since 1970, the Chorus forms a singing community – their membership personifies their commitment to diversity and inclusion by bringing together people of various races, faith perspectives, economic backgrounds, political affiliations,and sexual orientations.
As one of the few community musical groups in the United States whose diversity truly reflects the face of urban America, the Chorus believes music has the power to inspire, educate, celebrate, forewarn, and challenge, and is a living witness that people can break through the walls that separate human beings from each other and forms a community where the contributions, capacities, gifts and talents of all are appreciated, affirmed and celebrated.
The Chorus has performed over 600 concerts in more than 175 different communities. Its repertoire encompasses music from many traditions and cultures, including major classical works, folk songs from diverse cultures, contemporary and traditional hymns, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and gospel, and songs that reflect hope for the city.
Brian Bloye is a pianist, organist, choral conductor, tenor, and composer. As a pianist, he is an active accompanist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Recent performances as a soloist include concertos by Hans Krasa, J.C. Bach, and Mozart with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. He has accompanied Chicago Choral Artists and the William Ferris Chorale in concert, being recognized by the Chicago Tribune for his accompaniment of the Chorale. As an organist, he has performed recitals in France, Germany, and throughout Chicagoland.
During his tenure as the music director at St. Alphonsus church, he has developed a choral program with a reputation for liturgical excellence, particularly in polyphonic music of the Renaissance. As a composer, he has set all of the psalms in the lectionary cycle in a variety of styles, and has composed a Mass that is currently in use at the parish. His arrangement of Amazing Grace can be heard on tenor Branden James’s CD The Voice of Christmas, which was released this past December. He was the session pianist, organist, and choral conductor for that CD as well. Excerpts from the disc were recently played on WFMT.
As a tenor, he has sung with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce, and Richard Proulx’s Cathedral Singers. Brian graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan’s School of Music and received the master of music degree cum laude from DePaul University.