Artistic Director Matthew Culloton interviews founding choir member and Music Adviser Bryan Blessing as they recall a March 2020 performance – one that turned out to be the choir’s last concert before the Coronavirus shutdown.
Program recorded March 2020:
Abbie Betinis: Carol of the Stranger
Melissa Dunphy: Dancing in Buses (from American DREAMers)
Craig Hella Johnson: The Innocence (from Considering Matthew Shepard)
Jocelyn Hagen: Needle and Thread (from This is How You Love)
Timothy Takach: Earth (from Helios)
Craig Hella Johnson: All of Us (from Considering Matthew Shepard)
Performers: The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists; Matthew Culloton, conductor; Steve Swanson, piano; Bruce Broquist, baritone (The Innocence)
Gratitude, Thanksgiving, and The Singers are celebrated by Artistic Director Matthew Culloton and soprano Hannah Armstrong. The Singers’ Vault is relocated to their living room, where they offer their selection of favorites – reminding us all of how much we have to be thankful for, even in these difficult times. Kevin Siegfried: More Love Stephen Paulus: Hymn for America Matthew Culloton, arr.: Down in the River to Pray René Clausen: The Road Not Taken Jocelyn Hagen: Now Our Meeting’s Over Abbie Betinis: Long Time Trav’ling Shawn Kirchner, arr: Angel Band Unclouded Day Shawn Kirchner, arr: Unclouded Day The Singers; Matthew Culloton, Artistic Director Stephen Swanson, piano (Siegfried, Clausen) All tracks recorded live in concert, except Hagen and Betinis ...
Matthew Culloton welcomes alto Jess Bandelin to share reflections on how art intersects with life – and in particular, she recalls performing in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. One of the musical balms came through the poetry of e.e. Cummings (“little tree”), captured so poignantly by Steve Heitzig, painting the image of children holding hands and dancing around the Christmas tree – a sad reminder of those lost, but also a hopeful reminder that love conquers all. A world premiere performance is shared from Bob Sieving based on Shakespeare’s text from Hamlet, “So hallowed and so gracious is the time.” Program repertoire includes: Frank Ferko: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (from A Festival of Carols) Holst/Abbie Betinis, arr.: In the Bleakmidwinter Steve Heitzig: little tree Bob Sieving: So hallowed and so gracious is the time (world premiere performance) Stephen Paulus, arr.: The First Noel Incidental music by Aaron David Miller All music recorded live in concert and performed by The Singers, Matthew Culloton, conductor. Learn more at www.singersmca.org. ...
Matthew Culloton and soprano Paige Armstrong reflect on the music of Herbert Howells and Kenneth Leighton, as well as on the Christmas season itself. This episode is drawn from the 2014 What Sweeter Music concerts, and includes a tribute from Matthew to composer and friend Stephen Paulus (whose passing came 6 weeks before this concert was given). Program repertoire includes: J.P. Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose Kenneth Leighton: Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child Stephen Paulus: Splendid Jewel Stephen Paulus, arr.: Joy to the World Matthew Culloton, arr.: Angels We Have Heard on High All music recorded live in concert and performed by The Singers, Matthew Culloton, conductor. Learn more at www.singersmca.org. ...