Online Concert Series
Welcome to the Spring 2012 Online Concert Series. Updates to the series happen each Wednesday morning. At that point, the past video is moved to the archive section which can be found at the bottom of this page. We also invite you to post comments on this page to begin a conversation with other subscribers and members about choral music.
I Lift Up My Eyes – Jocelyn Hagen
This week we are proud to present our second collaboration with Graphite Publishing. “I Lift Up My Eyes” by Jocelyn Hagen is a beautifully rich and remarkable setting of Psalm 121 utilizing SSATB voices. The climb in pitch to “the sun will not harm you by day” is a stunning moment for the women and I am delighted with the pure rays of sound they create to mimic the sun.
Archives – Online Concert Series
As new videos are premiered each week the former video is moved here to the archives. These videos are still available to view for the duration of the season.
“The Pasture” from Frostiana – Randall Thompson
Here we have taken the sepia tone film look once again for this second selection from Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana.” This piece for men’s choir sets text about a man going out into the pasture to do some work and wanting his love interest to “come too.”
Our Father – Edward Eicker
This week we are proud to present our first collaboration with Graphite Publishing. “Our Father” by Edward Eicker is a beautifully rich setting of the text set for unaccompanied mixed voices that is equally suited to high school, collegiate, and advanced church choirs. Emphasizing lush harmonies, soaring melodic phrases, and warm unison passages, this piece is sure to find a place in the hearts of both the singer and audience.
“The Telephone” from Frostiana – Randall Thompson
In honor of Valentine’s Day and the recent new film “The Artist,” we bring you an old favorite from the choral repertoire: “The Telephone.” The piece sets poetry by Robert Frost depicting a lovely scene between a young man and woman where the man is perhaps a bit shy to directly ask his love interest if she does in fact want to be wooed. The young woman speaks only enough words to retain the young man’s interest. Finally, the young man decides to arrive at the woman’s window and is greeted with a simple hum. As you will see, the stage setup utilizes Thompson’s suggestion to leave the women seated during the piece and even their formation is designed with the men standing and almost facing the women directly, while the seated women face the audience. The piano acts as the window, offering the men a view of the women, but never allowing them contact. We hope you enjoy this piece and the utilization of film effects to give it the historic Hollywood silent film look.
Dream-Singing – Thomas Bell
The second piece for the series is a wonderful piece for women and piano entitled “Dream-Singing.” Thomas Bell utilizes unison, two-part, and three-part writing for the women and weaves dream-like piano writing to begin and end the work. This new piece from Alliance Music Publishing is a great addition to the repertoire for women’s voices and we are pleased to present this selection in our Online Choral Series.
There is Sweet Music Here – Philip Moody
We begin our spring series with a setting of the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem “There is Sweet Music Here.” Not only is this poem a true musicians song, it is a poem that I have cherished for a significant portion of my life. I was so fortunate to have such a wonderful ensemble to work with while creating this piece and it was the driving force behind the desire for CORO Publishing to incorporate the composer, conductor, and ensemble into the compositional process. The CORO Vocal Artists are proud to open their Spring 2012 Online Series with this setting of “There is Sweet Music Here.”