Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Opportunistic Tuesdays

I'll just leave this here, in case anyone is interested!

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is thrilled to announce the return of its One City Choir this summer! The choir will be featured on Opening Night of the orchestra's 2014 season of concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell on July 16. The featured choral work will be Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. 

 The One City Choir, launched in the summer of 2012, is a large symphonic choir comprising committed and passionate singers from all of Boston’s 20 neighborhoods and many surrounding communities. The choir takes its name from the words of Boston civic leader Hubie Jones, who has advocated that “Boston can be one city through art and culture.” All singers in the Boston area who have experience singing in choirs are invited to join the One City Choir. 

The choir will be joined by the Back Bay Chorale. Scott Allen Jarrett, music director of the Back Bay Chorale, will prepare the choir, and Landmarks Orchestra Music Director Christopher Wilkins will conduct the performance. Members of the One City Choir will perform some movements of Carmina Burana, and the Back Bay Chorale will perform the rest.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra will provide access to practice copies for you to learn your music, and sufficient original printed copies will be obtained for the performance. An online pronunciation guide for the Latin and German text will also be provided. 

 Rehearsals are scheduled as follows: 
 Monday, July 7, 7-10 pm (choir and piano—One City Choir movements will be rehearsed first) location TBA 

Tuesday, July 8, 7-10 pm (choir and piano—One City Choir movements will be rehearsed first) location TBA 

Monday, July 14, 7-10 pm (choir, piano, and percussion) location TBA 

Tuesday, July 15, 7-10 pm (choir, soloists, and full orchestra): Christian Science Auditorium, 235 Huntington Ave., Boston (across the street from Symphony Hall, behind Horticultural Hall) 

Wednesday July 16, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Hatch Shell (concert is at 7:00 pm) Rain Location: Back Bay Events Center, John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston 

Locations for the other rehearsals will be announced shortly. Please note that the choir will be standing on risers throughout second half of the concert (approximately 65 minutes of music). If you are unable to stand for this length of time, we will make every effort to accommodate you, but until we know the final size of the choir, we cannot determine if we can fit chairs or stools on the stage. 

 If you would like to participate in the One City Choir this year, please send an e-mail with the information below to choir@landmarksorchestra.org. If you should have any questions or concerns, please call our Production Hotline at (617) 870-3910. 

Information to send:
 Phone Number: 
 Voice Part: 
 Choir Affiliation (if any): 

We hope you join us!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday link

This article on how orchestras (and artistic ensembles in general) should consider rooting themselves in their particular homes and places is really good. The particular case in question is the resurrection of the Minnesota Orchestra, but the thoughts in the article (comparing fines wines and the concept of "terroir" to musical ensembles) could apply to any kind of artist. Hat-tip to my father.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday link

For your amusement, a fairly new Tumblr - Composers Doing Normal Shit. (Hey, Mom, I didn't name it.)

Every entry is totally delightful - and how much do I love that Caroline Shaw is on there? A lot!

Story about Caroline Shaw - I went to see the ensemble Roomful of Teeth at Wellesley last spring and they performed two of her compositions. And they were GREAT, and I remember thinking, "I need to commission her before she gets super-famous and completely out of my price range." One week later, she won the Pulitzer Prize. I console myself with the thought that at least my instincts are good.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Community Sing!

The Messiah Sings of Christmas Past are over, and the summer sings are (clearly, if you stick your head outside) not yet upon us. So what is the Boston singer to do?

Well, happily the Zamir Chorale has stepped into the breach! Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 pm, join the Zamir Chorale and director Joshua Jacobson at the Newton City Hall to sing choruses from Handel's Judas Maccabeus. More info is here; the address is 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA (and again, note the unusual time of 1:30 pm.) Scores will be available for those who don't have their own.