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. ...
Timothy Takach takes a surprise turn as guest host, turning the tables on The Singers’ Artistic Director (and usual host) Matthew Culloton. The two discuss Culloton’s musical upbringing, the role of arts and this choir in today’s society, the risks of programming new music, and The Singers’ upcoming concert season. Featuring performances of music by Abbie Betinis, Morten Lauridsen, and Ysaye Barnwell. ...
Matthew Culloton sits down with choral icon Dale Warland, longtime Artistic Director of The Dale Warland Singers. Dale reflects on his life in music, his upbringing in very rural Iowa, his student days at Saint Olaf College, and lasting relationships in the music field. ...