News and Notices
Richard Proulx passed away last night (Thursday, Feb 18) in Chicago after being hospitalized on Monday. His tremendous influence on church music in general, and on Catholic music in particular, has been far-reaching and exemplary. His friendship beginning in the early ’60s was probably the single most important influence on my professional development, as I know it has been for scores of others. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. May he rest in peace, and may his positive influence continue.
February 28 will be the deadline for applications to the America Cantat 6 in Juiz de Fora, Brazil to be held next May 7 to 15.
Choral festival with Ateliers, workshops and study tours, open to all kinds of choirs, vocal groups and conductors,. Choral presentations, daily evening and night concerts, cultural events, discussions and much more. Regional programme in the nearby cities such as Rio do Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Sao Joao del Rei and Tiradentes.
For further information please, go to www.ufjf.br/americacantat
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.
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.