So, one of the groups I direct is Cantilena. They are a women's chorus based in Arlington, and I am having a great time directing them. They are a sharp group with a great sound and a wonderful sense of humor (thankfully!) and I am able to have them do all kinds of crazy music. This spring our concert falls on Mother's Day, so we are doing all sorts of music about mothers, from Durufle's "Tota Pulchra Es" to Irving Fine's "Caroline Million" (which is about a mother with filicidal impulses) to Eric Whitacre's beautiful "Seal Lullaby" to Zae Munn's "The Stove" ("One day my mother took a sledgehammer and pounded the kitchen stove into bits.") And let's not forget a brand new commission by local composer and friend Mike Veloso (a setting of poetry by not-quite-as-local writer, liturgist and friend Rachel Barenblat.)
Doesn't that look like fun? Wouldn't you like to sing with us? Wouldn't you especially like to sing with us if you are a high soprano? Well, we are having one more day of auditions, this coming Monday evening, and we would love to collect a few more voices. We are open to hearing all voice parts, but we are especially looking for high sopranos. So pass this around and come on down!