Christmas time is here, and Matthew Culloton welcomes baritone and Music Adviser Bryan Blessing back to the vault to discuss their approach to programming Christmas concerts each year. Bryan has chosen some of his favorite works, and we enjoy The Singers' live concert performances of them. Repertoire includes:
Jocelyn Hagen: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Francis Poulenc: Quem vidistis, pastores & Videntes stellam (from Four Christmas Motets)
Pavel Chesnekov: Salvation is Created
Matthew Culloton: In Dulci Jubilo
Incidental music by Aaron David Miller, Francis Poulenc, and Matthew Culloton.
All music recorded live in concert and performed by The Singers, Matthew Culloton, conductor.
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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. ...
Composer-in-Residence Timothy Takach joins Matthew Culloton to discuss and share a handful of our favorite works of his. Tim offers great insights into his composing process, the commissions and collaborations, and the music itself. Program repertoire includes: 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (recorded 2017) A Worshipper and a Man (recorded 2013) Helios, excerpts: Uranus (White Silences); Saturn (Longing for Infinity) (recorded 2019) At Home, excerpts: Good Bones; Together on the Porch (recorded 2019) All performances by The Singers, Matthew Culloton, conductor Featured soloists: Beth Althof, Paige Armstrong, Brad Halbersma, Isaac Lovdahl, Lynette Johnson (Helios); Daniel Fridberg, clarinet and Barbara Leibundguth, flute (At Home) ...