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.
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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. Learn more at www.singersmca.org. ...
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) ...
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) ...