Press Release

December 7, 2016

DETROIT (August 17, 2016) – Rackham Choir (RC) announced today the details of its 2016 – 2017 season. The organization’s 67th season includes the 15th Anniversary performance of its trademark piece, Too Hot To Handel, as well as a varied program of traditional and modern choral works from Britain and the United States. Rackham Choir is also proud to continue its outreach and education programs. Five new high school students will join the Choir for this season’s high school vocal intern program, after a tremendously successful year for the 2015-16 Interns.

Music of the British Isles
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.
Performed at Kirk in the Hills, Refectory

Room Returning this year to the beautiful settings of the grounds of Kirk in the Hills, this concert features British Folk Songs, the Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams as well as a selection of well-known pieces and solos from the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Overlooking the lake, the Refectory Room forms the perfect setting for an October night of English music and musing.

Ticket Information:
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 17, 2016, and will be available on Rackham’s website at rackhamchoir.org.

Too Hot To Handel
15th Anniversary Performance
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.
Student Dress Rehearsal: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Performed at the Detroit Opera House

Rackham Choir in partnership with the Detroit Opera House will present its 15th Anniversary performance of Too Hot To Handel. This annual treat has become a staple performance of the Motor City, combining decidedly Detroit-inspired styles of jazz and gospel while weaving in blues, swing, classical and scat. This electrifying performance, featuring such well known performers as Alvin Waddles, Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon, makes for a true holiday season special; Not to be missed!

Rackham Choir proudly continues its presentation for students and seniors at the Student and Senior Dress Rehearsal on Friday, December 9 at 11 a.m. A huge hit with students from all across Detroit, this is a once in a year opportunity for teachers and students to witness a truly groundbreaking show at a fraction of the price.

Ticket Information:
Tickets will go on sale on August 22, 2016 at the Detroit Opera House box office, at (313) 237-7464 or MichiganOpera.org. Tickets are also available on Rackham’s website at rackhamchoir.org.

New Americans: America Choral Music Today
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
Performed at First Presbyterian Royal Oak

This concert will be dedicated to performing American choral works featuring our own Detroit composers David DiChiera and Russell Miller. The Sacred Cantata is one of David DiChiera’s earlier composition, Miller’s Suite Spirituals features soprano sax, flute, cello and piano alongside the choir. The evening also features Eric Whitacre’s 5 Hebrew Love Songs for piano, violin and choir, a set of deeply personal love songs based on Hebrew poems by Hila Plitmann.

Ticket Information:
Tickets will go on sale on January 1, 2017, and will be available on Rackham’s website at rackhamchoir.org.

Voices of Tomorrow: The High School Vocal Intern Showcase
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
Performed at the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak

Rackham Choir’s High School Vocal Interns take to the stage in their annual concert showcase. Over the course of one year five students receive the unique opportunity to train together with Rackham Choir and it’s artistic director Suzanne Mallare Acton.

Ticket Information:
Tickets will go on sale on February 1, 2017, and will be available on Rackham’s website at rackhamchoir.org.
Rackham Choir’s annual fundraising event
An Affair to Remember
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
The Mirage, Clinton Township

Rackham Choir’s annual fundraiser: All proceeds support the choir’s production and programming.