About Delaware ChoralArts

Iris II

Fourth Annual
Spirituals Concert
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Delaware ChoralArts with the choirs of
The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
David Christopher, Conductor

Cantata … John Carter
Elijah Rock … Jester Hairston
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray … Andre Thomas
Any How … Evelyn LaRue Pittman
He’s Got the Whole World …. Margaret Bonds
Joshua Fit the Battle … Fela Sowande
Spirituals with the audience


FAIRFAXSoprano Iris Fairfax is a versatile artist who performs roles in the soubrette, lyric coloratura and dramatic coloratura Fachs. Her repertoire spans the idioms of opera, early and contemporary classical music, traditional music theater and the American Songbook.

Miss Fairfax has performed the roles of First Lady in Mozartís Die Zauberflote with OperaDelaware, Euridice in Offenbachís Orpheus in the Underworld at the Trinity Center for Urban Life (Philadelphia, PA), and Violetta in Verdiís La Traviata with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. She also added the role of Susan in Stephen Sondheimís Company to her music theater resume (Trinity Center), and appeared as a featured soloist at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, DE (Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts).

She has performed the roles of Monica in The Medium and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (both by Menotti), as well as Madame Goldentrill in Mozartís The Impresario, with Opera North; Zerbinetta in Richard Straussí Ariadne and Naxos with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre (which also awarded her a career grant); and Frasquita in Bizetís Carmen with OperaDelaware. She received acclaim for her portrayals of both Bess and Clara in the Living Arts international tour of Gershwinís Porgy and Bess.

Miss Fairfax has sung with the Delaware and Lancaster Symphonies (soprano soloist, Khatchaturian Piano Concerto), Cincinnati Opera, Pioneer Valley Symphony (soprano soloist, Carmina Burano), Philadelphia Singers, and the Cincinnati Composersí Guild. Additionally, she has performed in the Encores! Series at City Center in New York City (revival, Arlenís St. Louis Woman), as well as the American Music Theater Festival (premiere, Geri Allenís Fur on the Belly).

Iris is the recipient of several awards and honors, including: First place, New York Vocal Artists Millennium Competition; Legacy Award, National Opera Association Competition; career grant, Gerda Lissner Competition.

An alum of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts, the soprano currently resides in Philadelphia.

Wilmington Children's Chorus Choristers sing with Delaware ChoralArtsDelaware ChoralArts (formerly known as the Delaware Valley Chorale) serves the greater Wilmington area by enriching the community through excellent and inspiring performances of great choral literature; supporting its talented and dedicated membership with professional skill and leadership; and nurturing the art of choral music through scholarships, commissions and showcases. Known for its expressive singing, varied and diverse programming, and its ability to produce a thrilling “wall of sound,” Delaware ChoralArts (DCA) has brought a rich palate of choral music to the region since its beginnings in 1984. Originally formed by David Christopher, subsequent music directors have included Mary Woodmansee Green and Charles (Chic) Walker with David Christopher returning in the fall of 2005 for a second tenure.

In addition to having sung with many orchestras from the region, DCA began its affiliation with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2009 as part of the City of Wilmington’s 4th of July Celebration in the Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington’s Riverfront. DCA strives to nurture and develop young people’s appreciation of the choral art through its competition for young composers and now through its “side-by-side” collaboration with high school students as well as its frequent collaboration with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. DCA is run by a dedicated Board of Directors made up of members of the chorale along with support from members of the community who serve in an advisory capacity.

Funding for DCA comes from a number of sources including generous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and The Dupont Company, a growing number of enthusiastic Patrons, fund raising projects and ticket and ad sales.

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Delaware ChoralArts is proud to be an active partner of the inWilmington Arts Campaign!

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DELAWARE CHORALARTS is made possible, in part, by grants from The DuPont Company and from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the Arts in Delaware, as well as through grants from The Gilliam Foundation; and from Ian C. and Mary Alice James.