Singing the Song of Songs

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Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert

Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert Sunday, April 23, 6:00 PM Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center Tickets: Adult: $15; Senior: $10; Student: $7.50 This annual performance features the ensembles of the Butler School of Music Choral Department–Chorale, Spectra, University Choir and Chamber Singers—performing selected works from four centuries of choral repertoire [Read More…]

Jesus and the Traders

Kodály Zoltán’s choral work Jézus és a kufárok (“Jesus and the Traders”), based on the New Testament accounts of the temple incident. [Read more…]

Light Comes, Even in Darkness

I had the privilege of speaking last week to participants in the workshop on Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts organized by Rabbi Sandy Sasso. This year, Becky Archibald is one of the participants, and it was an honor to have a chance to meet her. While she is mostly famous for her instrumental pieces, in [Read More…]

Silent Night (arr. Stephen Paulus)

This arrangement of Silent Night by Stephen Paulus was featured on Performance Today recently, and it is stunningly beautiful and hauntingly moving. And from the same episode of Performance Today, here is advice from Fred Child and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu on how not to have your performance of Silent Night crash and burn towards the end: [Read more…]

To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more…]

Evening Prayer

Here’s another YouTube video with a beautiful work by composer Ola Gjeilo, “Evening Prayer.” [Read more…]

Wings of Reverie

The YouTube video above is of a concert by York College Concert Choir. It includes choral works by a number of great contemporary composers – including my colleague James Mulholland, as well as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. As an added bonus, here is a recording made at Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall of Mulholland’s “Three [Read More…]

Romanian Christmas Music

It doesn’t feel like Christmas without the Bucharest Madrigal Choir singing Romanian Christmas songs like “O Ce Veste Minunata.” My family performed what may be the first bluegrass-influenced rendition of that carol at the Christmas Eve service at our church yesterday. [Read more…]

Arthur Honegger – Une Cantate de Noël

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