The St. George Voices performed well in their annual concert Sunday for an appreciative audience. The repertoire included music of the Renaissance, jazz, pop and contemporary choral music, all sung unaccompanied. From the opening “Sing we and chant it” by Thomas Morley to the closer, Billy Joel’s “And so it goes,” the Voices acquitted themselves admirably, navigating the differing styles and historical periods with finesse, great intonation and all around musicianship. Great job everyone!
You can listen to a recording of the concert here:
We’re still recovering from our first full concert with choir and orchestra at St. George’s. You can listen here:
Here’s the rep:
“The Beatitudes” – Arvo Paert
“Kyrie in D minor” K 341 – W. A. Mozart
“Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Mass in D” – Antonin Dvorak
“Magnificat in G minor” – Antonio Vivaldi
Singers and orchestra all performed spectacularly for a large and appreciative audience. This concert is proof that talented dedicated volunteers can perform at a professional level and achieve great musical results. Besides the Beatitudes, I was particularly pleased with the choruses from the Vivaldi and the Dvorak Agnus Dei. Working with these musicians is a great joy for their director. We continue to grow artistically, spiritually in ministry, and more fond of singing and playing together. Kudos to all. And now, on to Lent and Easter…
The Portland Guitar duo brought their unique blend of music for two classical guitars to St. George’s sanctuary on April 15th. The concert covered a broad repertoire of music from the 16th through the 20th century, including several transcriptions of works for other instruments. The duo performed several selections from the Romantic Period on restored 19th century guitars, and offered background information on the music and the instruments.
Their playing was technically precise and sensitive, particularly in St. George’s warm acoustic. The combination of low lighting and the duo’s intimate sound was truly moving. Audience members shared with me after the concert that they found the experience to be transformative. Beautiful music in a beautiful space…
The world famous American Boychoir performed a spectacular concert at St. George’s on Saturday evening. 32 Middle School aged boys took the audience on a musical world tour, singing music from Austria to the South American rain forest, all with wonderful energy and perfect intonation. Over 200 people attended, including some parents who drove down from NY to see their son perform. The choir first performed at St. George’s in 2006, and were happy to return. We hope to host them again in the future. Selected video will be available soon.
Members of the St. George Chamber Orchestra gave a concert for winds a few weeks ago which also featured St. George’s new Parsons Pipe Organ. Video of Suite in Classical Style for Flute and organ is on the performance page. Kudos to all the players, who had to reconstruct the program at the last minute when one of us was suddenly hospitalized. As always, the show must go on….We substituted a piece at the last minute and performed two pieces minus one player, all of which was well received by our audience. Musical courage under fire….
On February 20th, St. George’s Chamber music series featured a program of concertos by the St. George Chamber Orchestra. The program included works by Bach, Handel and Mozart, with solos played by orchestra members. Video of the concert, along with samples of previous concert events, is available on the Performance page.
These are exciting times for music at St. George’s. Our new Parsons pipe organ
- St. George’s Organ under construction
is finally here. When it arrived, (on my birthday), many members of the St. George’s community were there to help celebrate and provide the muscle to load it into the church. As I write, the remaining pipes are making their final journey from the Parsons shop, the console and action are in place and undergoing final adjustments, and the electronics are being connected. Pipe installation and voicing will begin shortly, and we expect to be fully operational by December.
In other musical news, the St. George Chamber orchestra performed this past Sunday at its first concert of the season, featuring music of Stamitz, Vivaldi and Buxtehude. For a video of the Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Carl Stamitz, please visit the performance page on this blog. More video and recordings will be added soon.