St. George's opens the season with Bach and Haydn
Sunday, November 18, St. George’s Choral Society will kick off the 2018-2019
season with their "Fall Concert with Orchestra" at the Church of Incarnation.
The concert will feature complex and beautiful music by two of our great
masters, Bach and Haydn.
The motets of J. S. Bach are brilliant works, posing challenges and rewards
to choral singers. They are filled with technical demands (fast passages,
sustained singing, German diction, rhythmic precision, to name a few). Scored
for double chorus, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives
aid to our weakness) is in three sections: an opening Allegro for double
chorus, a contrapuntal section for four parts and a closing chorale, all sung in
"Where Shadow Chases Light," a moment of music and reflection
Around the time the Tree of Life synagogue shooting violently disrupted a quiet
community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I had been listening on repeat to the six
works from “Where Shadow
Chases Light,” Melodia Women’s Choir’s
2018 fall program, wondering how to meet the challenge of summing up Artistic
Director and Conductor Cynthia Powell’s singular vision for the choir this
season. As is typical of any season from the New York City ensemble, at first
glance, the songs, which span territory from Native American history to Hebrew
love poems to Christian divinity to Hindu sacred prayer songs, defy easy
London-based composer Cevanne
Horrocks-Hopayian’s Red Bird is a world premiere commissioned work as
bold and lovely as the Sioux woman
Zitkála-Šá whose life as
an artist and civil rights activist it celebrates. Horrocks-Hopayian, a British
Composer Award-winner, was recently nominated for another--her third nomination.
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- The Ember ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson has named composer and performing artist Cheryl Engelhardt as its Composer-in-Residence for the 2018-19 concert season. This is the first time the noted semi-professional ensemble, led by Artistic Director, founder and conductor Deborah Simpkin King, has named a composer to the position for an entire season. (2018-10-3)
- The New York Choral Consortium's Fall Programs Day on Saturday, October 13 features sessions with Kent Tritle, Ronnie Oliver, Jr., Mark Schnaible, Alexis Martin and Jacob Levine. For details, visit www.newyorkchoralconsortium.org/events. (2018-10-2)
- See the New York Times article about David Lang's upcoming Mile-Long Opera, to be performed by 1,000 singers October 3-8 along the High Line. (2018-9-29)
- The board of Choral Chameleon and founding artistic director Vince Peterson have announced the appointment of Dale Trumbore as Composer-in-Residence for 2018-2019. Dale Trumbore will be the fifth composer since the company was founded in 2008 to have the opportunity to spend a year writing for the New York City-based company’s community of adventurous professional and avocational singers, adding to Choral Chameleon’s extensive repertoire of over 150 commissions and premieres. For more about Choral Chameleon's CIR programme, a biography of Trumbore and access to a long-form interview with Vince Peterson and the composer about the appointment, visit www.choralchameleon.com/composer-in-residence.html. (2018-9-26)
- KHORIKOS, the acclaimed a cappella ensemble focused on bringing clarity and soul to early and new choral music, is happy to announce the upcoming
release of three new albums. These recordings will include an eclectic, emotional mix of early and new music, including an EP of rare motets from the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez. To learn more or contribute to this exciting project, visit igg.me/at/khorikos/x/9028284. (2018-9-7)
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