I was moved by several recent ChoralNet posts from teacher/conductors and students requesting ‘favorite’ or appropriate Renaissance repertoire for school and or ensembles.
I wish to strongly urge all to visit <www.italianmadrigal.com>.
Martin Morell has created this beautiful site valuable not just for its rare resources, including free midi and score downloads, but for what is a tutorial in developing a socially and artistically relevant reading and performing group with chamber music sensitivity.
We sometimes aspire to this in our various groups but it pays to consider the social background of the art and original performing practices.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, Wallingford Chorus is sponsoring a choral composition competition. The chorus is reaching out to experienced to enter an original, unperformed piece of music for consideration. The winning piece will be debuted by the chorus at a future concert with the winning composer receiving a $500 prize. For composition and submission guidelines, visit the Wallingford Chorus website at http://wallingfordchorus.org.
This is a different way to listen to the Vierne Mass which has been admirably recorded by some wonderful choirs already. For this recording we have recreated the context in which it was originally sung : a solemn high Mass with all the Propers in what was known in France as a Concert Mass.
Piers Morgan hit the buzzer before she had even completed the first line of the power ballad You Raise Me Up, as did Simon Cowell. The third judge, Amanda Holden, hung on until she reached the chorus.
How does the Arabian Passion According to J.S. Bach featuring Arab musicians, two jazz saxophonists, a string quartet and a Lebanese singer grab you? The Arabian Passion is the brainchild of Vladimir Ivanoff, who is the Bulgarian founder and music director of the culture straddling ensemble Sarband. Ivanoff sees parallels between the story of occupation and persecution in the Middle East in biblical times, as portrayed in Bach’s Saint Matthew and Saint John Passions, and the tensions in the Middle East today. The Arabian Passion is the result, a ‘re-interpretation’ of sections from both Passions for Sarband, theModern String Quartet and singer Fadia el-Hage.
Amid the desperation and despair in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-prince, musicians from Haiti’s national chorus, jazz band and philharmonic gave their first post-quake concert. The musicians were able to rescue some instruments from the rubble, and they held the concert in the devastated neighborhood of Bell Aire to bring hope to the displaced.
Audio report on NPR.