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  • ASO & CHORUS Beethoven "Missa Solemnis"
  • ArtsCriticATL Preview and Review of Missa Solemnis
  • ASO & CHORUS Leos Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"
  • ArtsCriticATL Reviews of Glagolitic Mass: ATL & Carnegie Hall
  • 2009-2010 Season in Review - ASO Video
  • Telarc Release: Jennifer Higdon - "Singing Rooms" / Alvin Singleton "Praisemaker"
  • 2010 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Recording: "Transmigration" Telarc
  • Reviews of "Transmigration" CD
  • Brahms' Requiem archived at Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall
  • ASO & Chorus CD: Brahms "Ein deutsche Requiem"
  • Nancy Hanks Lecture on the Arts and Public Policy by Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center
  • Oakhurst Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir sings Vicar of Dibley Theme (Psalm 23)
  • Slide Show & Reviews of ASO & Chorus' "Carmina Burana" at VZW Amphitheatre
  • Atlanta Music Festival with Dwight Andrews and Meridian Herald
  • Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus "Shaken, Not Heard" at Oakhurst Baptist Church
  • ASO & Chorus recording of Puccini "La Boheme"
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    Saturday, June 20, 2009
     
    Opening Night for Summer Season at VZW Amphitheatre! Carmina Burana & Barber of Seville
     
     
    (ASO Media Center: Classical Summer Opening June 20, 2008) 
     
    (ASO Media Center: Classical Summer Season Opener) 
     
     
     
     

     

     ASO and Chorus opens Encore Park with spectacular "Carmina Burana"

    By PIERRE RUHE

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, in the northern Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, is a very big place. Last year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra inaugurated the venue with a sold-out extravaganza, and it was anyone's guess how many patrons would attend classical concerts at Encore Park on a regular basis.

    _MG_9288smSaturday night, conductor Robert Spano, the ASO and its unstoppable Chorus opened the 2009 summer season. The performance of excerpts from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Orff's "Carmina Burana" was beyond all expectation, as
     I wrote in an AJC review. Yet just 2,500 people attended, according to ASO figures. While that felt slight for a 12,000-seat pavilion, it's still more than would have fit into the 1,750-seat Symphony Hall. Well, it's a start. As ASO president and CEO Allison Vulgamore told me years ago, in what seems to be a ASO mantra, "We're always growing, but slowly." (Photos by Chris Lee.)


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    Sunday June 14, 2009
     
    Atlanta Music Festival

    Classical music written by African American composers gets reverent treatment Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 4 pm at Spelman College. The historic Sisters Chapel becomes an instrument wrapped around voices singing music seldom performed by some of the finest singers in the region.

    Musician-minister Dwight Andrews leads the concert dedicated to intercultural understanding in a tradition begun by his church, First Congregational Church UCC, 99 years ago. Then named the Atlanta Colored Music Festival, the concert sought to discourage violence and advance respect between white and black Atlantans. Admission in free; an offering will be taken.

    See promo by music critic Pierre Ruhe here Music Festival

     WABE Radio 90.1 broadcast excerpts of past performances on The Atlanta Music Scene.

    For more information see www.meridianherald.org or call 404 525 4722.   

    Featured soloists will be Atlanta tenor Timothy B. Miller. Also soloing will be soprano Cynthia Watters, mezzo soprano Katherine Murray, and bass-baritones, Stephen Ozcomert and Brent Davis.

    The Meridian Chorale will sing the extended anthem, "Epigrams and Hymn," by Ulysses Kay. With texts drawn from Whittier and Longfellow, this is an harmonically progressive and elegantly expressive work. They will also perform Dwight Andrew's moving "Benediction." Spelman College organist Joyce Johnson and virtuoso pianist Todd Skrabanek will accompany. Steven Darsey with conduct.

     Sisters Chapel is located at 350 Spelman Lane S.W. Atlanta, GA 30314-4399. 

     Directions to Spelman Campus

     

    Timothy B. Miller

     A native of Augusta, Georgia, tenor Timothy Miller earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 2003 and M.M. degree from Mannes College of Music in 2005.  Timothy has been a participant in both the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute in San Francisco, California.  In February of 2006, he was honored to have been a guest soloist at the funeral services for the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  In June of 2006 Timothy made his Oakland Opera debut performing the role of Street in Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.  Timothy has held staff soloist positions at Riverside Church in New York and is currently singing at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Atlanta.  In January 2007 he made his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing the role of Erster Lakai in a concert version of excerpts from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Winner of the 2007 Capitol City Opera Vocal Competition, Timothy is also on the music faculties of both Morehouse College and Greater Atlanta Christian School.

     Dwight Andrews

     
    Dwight Andrews is a renowned composer, jazz artist, scholar and pastor. An Associate Professor of Music at Emory University, his composition credits include collaboration with August Wilson for the Broadway production of his plays, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Seven Guitars. Mr. Andrews’s works appear in many films and recordings. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and has given lecture series at Yale and Harvard. With his Ph.D. in music theory and divinity degrees from Yale, and his vocation as pastor and musician, Andrews is uniquely gifted to bring theology to life through music. 
     Steven Darsey conducts the Meridian Chorale and Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church at the 2007 Atlanta Music Festival
     
     

    April 24-26, 2009
     
    Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus
    Shaken, Not Heard
    Spring Concerts at Oakhurst Baptist Church
     
    Although I am not a member of this group, my friendship with Brenda Pruitt (AGMC's executive director) in the ASO Chorus and a conversation between us on an ASOC-tour in Berlin led to the arrangement for the AGMC to perform their "Shaken, Not Heard" Spring Concerts at Oakhurst Baptist Church in April.
     

    At right is their dramatic promotional video for the program.
     
     
     
     
    Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus wrote on April 30, 2009 at 6:20am
    After Shaken, Not Heard AGMC's inbox was flooded after the weekend's performances. Here's what people are saying:

    "This was the most moving concert I've ever been to - in all my 70 years."

    "I'm not easy to impress or move musically, and the AGMC did both for me this afternoon. Their sound is phenomenal."

    "I believe AGMC has just redefined the oratorio."

    "Please bring this concert to Savannah!"

    "By far the most powerful and moving piece AGMC has presented."

    “You really went all out to give the audience their money’s worth. We can’t wait for the next show!”

    "I've not been singing in the chorus for several years now, and this concert has shown me it's time to come back."

    "The most moving and memorable performance I have seen by the AGMC! Your stories and artistic expression moved me to tears."

    "AGMC has reached a new milestone. I hope everyone who heard this weekend's concerts came away with new eyes."

    "My god. How long was I conflicted by the message delivered by most denominations on the topic of my sexuality? How many times have I said that I worship solely through music, never mind the dogma? And there it was, on glittering display to let me know that I am not alone."

    "My first experience of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus is one I'll never forget."

    "What a difficult subject to tackle and yet, so important. The program was well laid out dramatically and musically and very powerful."

    "Stupendous!" 

    "Thanks for creating a show with purpose about a subject that so many people avoid."

    "I so admire these men’s ability to sing this story….a painful journey back through childhood…young adulthood…and beyond. Their voices bold, strong and fabulous!"
       
        Kevin Robison's (AGMC Artistic Director) Blog after the "Shaken, Not Heard" Concerts at Oakhurst Baptist Church
       

      Faith and Reclamation

      April 28, 2009

      I don't do what I do to get a reaction from an audience. It's never my intention to build a concert on the premise of what I think will sell out, and I don't generally program for the masses because it often results in mindless entertainment. I think most about what we need to accomplish with regard to our mission, which is to deliver a high-quality product that affirms who we are. Such was the case with Shaken, Not Heard.

      Yet, I cannot put into words the powerful reception the concert received this past weekend. I have never seen people leap to their feet eight bars before a piece was finished. I haven't seen anyone stand in a church pew and wave her arms since my Freewill Baptist days. In short, I didn't know it was possible for an audience to take away even more than we believed we were bringing to them.

      Sure, we wanted to affect people with our stories. The damage that organized religion continues to inflict on us is tremendous and people need to see the curtain pulled back on the issue. But to see how ready people were to receive this piece was overwhelming. Take a look at our home page for quotes, including one that says we have redefined the oratorio. One audience member has even written a poem in response to our performance. I've never gotten so many e-mails from members or audience members after a series of concerts.

      At our panel discussions following the performances -- each of which were attended by nearly 100 people -- I was asked what the future holds for this piece. I can safely say that Shaken, Not Heard will have a life beyond April 26 and that you can expect to see encore performances in the weeks and months (years?) to come. Three other Atlanta churches have already invited us, and loose invitations have been issued from Macon to Miami. People are ready to hear this.

      My hope is that we will not only continue to empower our own people, but also that parents, friends, pastors, or anyone who may continue to use misguided belief systems against us will see this issue from our perspective. David's story is everyone's story.

      K

      Link to: Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus Website




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