(Please note: there are several announcements with call times for events and other important information at the end of this blog.)
Oct. 20th, 2017
Firstly — Congratulations!
Last Monday’s masterclass with Dr. Time Sharp was outstanding. Your sincere and deep engagement with Dr. Sharp and with everything he brought into the rehearsal that night was formidable; Dr. Sharp was moved by your compassion and eagerness to learn and most impressed by your skills and artistry.
Jace, Lori and I are immensely proud of you and the way you represented Cantabile to Tim, who is not only a composer, scholar and performer but also one of the most influential leaders of the choral art and movement in the world (as you recall, Dr. Sharp is the Executive Director of American Choral Directors Association and an executive board member of the International Federation for Choral Music).
Secondly — Thank you!
For being great hosts not only to Dr. Sharp but also to a large number of parents who joined us at the end of the rehearsal. I could tell from the way many of the parents walked into the room and hesitantly took seats in the singing circle that quite a few of them had no idea they were about to hear about a passionate story about American folk music from the Appalaccia OR, to make it even more surprising, that they were about to SING!
It was your warm welcome, contagious interest in what was being presented AND your strong, unwavering singing (even when you were sightreading!) that made your parents feel at ease and willing to lift their voices, locking them with your song.
Just think about it — if your parent was in the room last Monday, you got to shape an absolutely new piece of music with them. This is very unique and powerful.
And Finally — Onward!
Now, we are on to the next challenge and great opportunity of our 2017-2018 season —
Our Oct. 28th guest appearance with Cappella SF professional chamber choir and their conductor Ragnar Bohlin. Your weekend preparations, our Monday rehearsal and a few days between rehearsal and concert should focus on the repertoire for that event.
ACTION ITEMS FOR OCT. 23d REHEARSAL. (Full instructions for each piece are further down in the blog.)
Angel (another recording by a Russian youth choir) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUZ1SXpUDL4
Cantique: Still my favorite recording of the piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK98eBpw9yM
And here is diction recording from Jace to practice and polish.
Know the exact translation of every word in both languages and be able to recite the text (not in rhythm of the song, but as a poem.)
Practice singing Angel with the accompaniment attached.
MASTER CLASS WITH DR. TIM SHARP…
As you remember, Dr. Sharp gave Vocalise excellent feedback on their performance of Angel and Cantique de Jean Racine. Some key insights were:
Vivos Voco, by Joan Szymko (b.1953)
A reminder of things we worked on and several concepts we learned:
Angel, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), poem by Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841)
Keep working to commit the words and their meaning to memory. Then you are able to employ your whole being — mind, body, heart and voice to the shape of the phrase or to the text or to a big crescendo leading to the climax of the piece.
Cantique de Jean Racine:
About the text: It is a translation, by the 17th century French dramatist Jean Racine, (1639-1699) of a medieval Latin hymn. When Gabriel Fauré set the translation to music, he gave it the title Cantique de Jean Racine, rather than the title of the original hymn.
Verbe, égal au Très-Haut, notre unique espèrance, Word, equal to the Almighty, our only hope,
Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux; Eternal light of the earth and the Heavens;
De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence, We break the peaceful night’s silence,
Divin Sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux! Divine Saviour, cast your eyes upon us!
Répands sur nous le feu de ta grâce puissante, Spread the fire of your mighty grace upon us
Que tout l’enfer fuie au son de ta voix; May the entire hell flee at the sound of your voice;
Dissipe le sommeil d’une âme languissante, Disperse from any slothful soul the drowsiness
Qui la conduit à l’oubli de tes lois! Inducing it to forget your laws!
O Christ, sois favorable à ce peuple fidèle Oh Christ, look with favour upon this faithful people
Pour te bénir maintenant rassemblé. Which has now gathered to bless you
Reçois les chants qu’il offre à ta gloire immortelle, Receive its singing, offered to your immortal glory,
Et de tes dons qu’il retourne comblé! And may it leave with the gifts you have bestowed upon it!
Caribbean Mass (SATB), by Glenn McClure
Amani: Lots of work is already done. Please, review the notes and practice text pronunciation slowly but in rhythm.
Oct. 28th Capella SF Tickets and Call Times
A friendly reminder that your call time on Saturday, October 28 (in full concert uniform) is 4:45pm at St. Andrew’s Church (13601 Saratoga Ave) in Saratoga. The concert will begin at 7:00pm and you can buy your tickets here. The concert should be over around 9:00pm . We also need two more parent chaperones for this performance. Click here to sign up.
Carnegie Hall Tour Registration Reminder
Don’t forget to register for Tour today! Please visit the member-only portion of the website and sign up now. The last day to register is October 31st!
Dec. 3d Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale
Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly!
November 4th Fall Workshop and Family Concert
Please note that call times for the Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 4th have changed and are earlier than previously scheduled. Your call time is 9:00 AM and you must arrive in your Cantabile T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes/sneakers. Please arrive in the back parking lot (off of Byron St) for check in. A friendly reminder that the concert is scheduled for 1pm, and you will be done by 2pm. The rehearsal and concert are held at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto: 625 Hamilton Ave.
Happy practicing, and have a beautiful weekend!
Elena, Lori, and Jace