Welcome to Choral Notes for the first part of April 2012, a month with too many activities to list in a single edition. Another newsletter will go out on April 14th, highlighting performances taking place after the 20th.
Upcoming on the Events Calendar (April 1-20)
April Events are cosponsored by the Durham Savoyards, presenting four performances of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, this Thursday through Sunday, March 30th-April 1st, at Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham; and by the Durham Chorale, celebrating its quarter-century season with a 25th Anniversary Concert on Sunday afternoon, April 22nd, also at Durham's Carolina Theatre. Thank you!
- Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe - Durham Savoyards, March 26-April 1
- Field of the Cloth of Gold - Tallis Scholars, April 1
- Mendelssohn's Paulus - Christ Church Choir, April 1
- Spring Concert - Grains of Time, April 3
- Music for Holy Week -A Clarion Sound, April 7
- Abundant Anniversaries Redux - Duke Symphony Orchestra, April 11
- Beethoven Choral Fantasy - Carolina Choir, April 13
- Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi - Meredith Opera Theatre, April 13 and 15
- Concert - UNCG University Chorale & Chamber Singers, April 13
- A Garland of Hope: Cantatas of Compassion - Piedmont Chamber Singers, April 14
- CD Release Spring Concert - Second Shift A Cappella, April 14
- Opera by African-American Composers - UNC Opera, April 18 and 20
- Symposium on Johannes Herbst - Moramus Chorale & Orchestra with NC School of the Arts Musicians, April 19, 20 and 21
Still to go this month, along with Iolanthe: Dubois' Seven Last Words - Schola Cantorum and An American Journey - UNC Chamber Singers & Carolina Choir, both on March 30th.
From the Chorus Directory
A Clarion Sound is a new, small vocal ensemble directed by Bradley Naylor. The group specializes in music written prior to 1750 as well as music from our time. A Clarion Sound's debut project, listed above, features the music of Byrd, Purcell, Bach and Antonio Lotti, along with works by Arvo Pärt and Zachary Wadsworth.
Elsewhere and Otherwise
Lystra Baptist Church found an interim minister of music through TriangleSings!, but Mark Kent is leaving to return to school at the end of April. Lystra's Suzanne Harris notes, "Mark has been very good at challenging the choir, and we've grown in just a few short months. Now would be a great time for potential candidates to contact us, while Mark is here to discuss the group, the job and the church." Lystra Baptist is located in Chatham County near the Chapel Hill line. Those interested in the position may call Suzanne at 919-942-7997 or leave a message on the church answering machine, 919-933-6812.
Recent reviews of interest at CVNC: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Cary Concert Singers Perform Sublime Beethoven; Koopman Leads Bach's Mass in B Minor in Authentic Baroque Splendor; The Crucible - Outstanding Opera, Superb Performance!; Radiant Playing & Heart-Felt Singing of Cornerstones of Western Culture from the Bach Aria Group; Vienna Boys Choir Sweeps Cary Off Her Feet; Wingate Singers Traverse Extended Music Spectrum in Raleigh.
The Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Live in HD series resumes on April 7th with a new production from Covent Garden of Massenet's Manon, starring Ana Netrebko. Further details, theater locations and ticket purchasing are available online.
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'Til next time...