A few exciting things have taken place since my last update! In chronological order, they are:
- On January 28, the West Village Chorale again performed with our friend Sky-Pony, this time at a concert benefiting the NYCLU. We reprised our performance of “Only Living Boy in New York.” It was a fabulous performance – you can listen to a recording here: (That’s the fabulously talented Lauren Worsham on lead vocals, accompanied by her equally talented husband Kyle Jarrow and the rest of this awesome band)
- On January 28, 29, and February 12, North River Sing gave lively performances of A More Perfect Union: Politics, Plays, and Parties, a whimsical response to this year’s political roller coaster.
- On February 26 and 27, Amuse Singers performed “Northern Exposure,” a concert of works from Scandinavia and Finland, including compositions by Sandström, Kostiainen, Rautavaara, Nystedt, Gjeilo, Grimsdottir, Rehnqvist, Norholm, Kankainen and more. I look forward to sharing recordings from that concert – it was a fabulously sung program by these terrific singers.
- On March 5, the West Village Chorale performed “Seeing Double: Music for Double Choir,” featuring the luminous and challenging Mass for Double Choir a cappella by Frank Martin, Mendelssohn’s “Warum toben die Heiden” and “Richte mich, Gott,” Lassus’s “O la, o che bon eccho,” and the second-ever performance of my “Dreamscape,” a setting of Edgar Allan Poe poems. Our fabulous accompanist Elena Belli and I also played four miniatures from Ravel’s charming Mother Goose Suite. It was a fantastic program, and one in which the singers worked extremely hard and sang absolutely beautifully.
And last but not least, in February I started a position as Interim Choir Director at Rutgers Preparatory School, where I conduct the Madrigals, the Women’s and Men’s Choirs, the Middle School Choir, and teach music theory. This new chapter is certainly a delightful challenge, but it’s been a joy working with this incredibly gifted and kind students, as well as some phenomenal colleagues.
Then this week, I’m off to Minneapolis for the ACDA convention. Yeah, I guess I’ve been a little busy!