Saturday, October 24, 2009
Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer, writing some 600 lieder (songs), 9 symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.
Written in 1815, Mass No 2 in G Major (D167) was the best known of the three "shorter" mass compositions that Schubert composed between his more elaborate first and fifth masses. This second mass, commonly referred to as Schubert's Mass in G, was composed in less than a week (March 2-7), the year after his first mass had been successfully performed in Schubert's home parish.
Written in 1828, Mass No 6 in E-Flat Major (D950) was among Schubert’s most admired creations, hardly what one would expect of an ailing composer in his final year. Yet this great mass for five vocal soloists, choir, and orchestra is a bold and innovative work, inspired in its expansive form and abundant counterpoint by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
The concert was held Saturday October 23 at 8 pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, Virginia.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
TMC provided the choral backdrop during the first half of the concert, opening with the powerful Hymn to the Great City from the ballet Medny Vsadnik (The Bronze Horseman) by Ukrainian composer Reinhold Glière. Next was an arrangement of Evening Bells, enhanced by the talent of Steve Nixon. The first half then concluded with Polovetsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by Russian composer Alexander Borodin.
Founded in 1988, WBS promotes the study and performance of folk music from Russia, Ukraine, and eastern Europe using traditional instruments: balalaika, domra, bayan, and related wind and percussion instruments. WBS Orchestra has grown from an initial membership of 8 to more than 50 and is now the largest of its kind in America, with musicians of all levels and ages.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The program began with Le carnaval Romain, ouverture pour orchestre (Roman carnival overture) by French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz (comprised of materials and themes from Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini).
Opera choruses performed by TMC included:
- Don, din, don - suona vespro (Bell chorus) from the opera Pagliacci by Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo
- Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew slaves) from the opera Nabucco by Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi
- Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming chorus) from the opera Madam Buterfly by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini
- O welche Lust! (Prisoners' chorus) from the opera Fidelio by German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven
- Vedi le fosche notturne (Anvil chorus) from the opera Il Trovatore by Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi
- Polovetsian dances from the opera Prince Igor by Russian composer Alexander Borodin
- Pleurez! Pleurez, mes yeux! from the opera Le Cid by French composer Jules Massenet
- Where ‘er you walk from the opera Semele by German-English Baroque composer George Frideric Handel
- When I am laid in earth (Dido's lament) from the opera Dido and Æneas by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell
- Tombe degli avi miei from the tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti
- Vous qui faites l’endormie from the opera Faust by French composer Charles Gounod
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The luncheon also was part of the Light Up Washington Small Business Trade Show, an annual event designed to stimulate small business growth and provide employment to the unemployed. The trade show also provides remarkable opportunities for community-based businesses to market their goods and services to a widespread, diverse, and influential audience.
The opportunity for The Met Singers to perform was due to Jay McElroy, president and CEO of Premier Small Business Solutions. In addition to coordinating the luncheon, Ms McElroy worked with Washington, DC wards to hire for the trade show 10 unemployed workers from each ward.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is an English composer of musical theatre. Having started composing at age 6 and published his first piece at age 9, he has composed some 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, and two film scores. His Requiem mass was written in 1984 in memory of his father, William Lloyd Webber, who died in 1982. This was the popular composer’s first and only full classical work. Requiem received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition in 1985, and Pie Jesu, the 8th movement and best-known segment of the piece, has received much popularity and been recorded frequently.
Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer, writing some 600 lieder (songs), 9 symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing. Written in 1828, Mass No 6 in E-Flat Major (D950) was among Schubert’s most admired creations, hardly what one would expect of an ailing composer in his final year. Yet this great mass for five vocal soloists, choir, and orchestra is a bold and innovative work, inspired in its expansive form and abundant counterpoint by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
The concert was presented on Sunday March 8 at 3 pm at the Rachel M Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The concert began with the combined choruses processing to a fitting rendition of We're Marching to Zion (Robert Lowry), in which the audience could not help but participate. Choral Arts continued with meticulous performances of I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me (C Hubert H Parry), featuring organist William Neil, and A New Song (James Macmillan). Performing Artists Under the Lord presented the traditional hymn O Magnify the Lord with Me (arr George Lynn) and You're the One (Leon Roberts). The audience could not helped but be moved by their energy. The Heritage Signature Chorale magnificently performed The Majesty and Glory of Your Name (Tom Fettke) and then Robert Ray's Credo (from Gospel Mass) featuring alto soloist Natalie Carter, whose encore proved much to the audience's delight. The combined chorus then performed Adolphus Hailstork's In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin' (from Four Spirituals). It was one of those "had to be there" moments to experience the joy of some 300 voices accompanied by organ, brass, piano, guitar, bass, and keyboard.
After intermission, violinist Marina Aikawa, accompanied by her mother on piano, delighted the audience with Niccolo Paganini's Allegro maestoso (from Violin Concerto No 1, Op 6). Indeed an incredible talent to behold, and a fitting tribute to Dr King.
The highlight of the evening came as Congressman John Lewis introduced John Doar as the recipient of Choral Arts Society's 2009 humanitarian award. Mr Doar served tirelessly as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He traveled extensively throughout the South, documenting and litigating civil rights violations. In fact, after the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers, it was Mr Doar who alone calmed an angry crowd by placing himself between grieving black youths and a double line of heavily armed police, shouting who he was and his affiliation with the Justice Department.
The combined choruses continued with a sing-along of Lift Every Voice and Sing (J Rosamond Johnson) and then performed Come, Thou Found of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, arr Mack Wilberg) and the traditional spiritual I Can Tell the World (Moses Hogan), which again captivated the audience with the vast number of voices. Another sing-along of Leaning On the Everlasting Arms (Anthony J Showalter, arr Howard De Cou) helped engendered a sense of wholeness that continued with an energetic and soulful rendition of Amazing Grace (arr Arphelius Paul Gatling). The spirit was further felt with pianist and baritone Ralph Alan Herndon’s performance of his Eternal Life. The evening concluded as the choruses processed out to a sing-along of one Dr King’s favorite selections If I can Help Somebody (A Bazel Androzzo).