Matthew Lewis talks Handel and Galbraith
St. George's Choral Society will begin rehearsals for its fall concert on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 PM at St. Mary's Byzantine Church, located at 236 East 15th Street. The performance will be on December 3 at Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue.
Matthew Lewis, Artistic Director for the group, shares his insights on these composers and the program.
Laura Daly: This looks like an unusual program, pairing two very different works. How did you decide on it?
Matthew Lewis: You are right, they are very different works, and will complement each other well on the same ticket. I planned a program for string orchestra, organ and chorus and I love the combination of old and new. The Handel is a brilliant piece: dramatic, expressive, virtuoso and full of contrasts. The Galbraith is very modern and in a vocabulary that the audience and singers will both find attractive. Dixit Dominus has been on my wish list for years and we have performed the Galbraith some time ago, but only with organ. (She wrote it in two versions.)
Ember Choral Arts announces Ember Ablaze Composer Lab Competition
Ember Choral Arts, led by Artistic Director Deborah Simpkin King, announces the opening of applications for the Ember Ablaze Composer Lab (EACL) Competition, directed by Ember's Composer in Residence, Robert Paterson. This prestigious competition furthers Ember Choral Arts' mission to foster new choral compositions and extend the reach of the Ember Choral Arts.
The Ember Ablaze Composer Lab commissions two talented composers each season from what is anticipated to be a large applicant pool-one from the youth composer category (ages 13-21) and one from the emerging composers category (ages 22-35). Honorable mentions will be awarded to the top two winners in each category. Selected composers participate in workshops and premieres of their works, receiving archival audio files and potential YouTube links to showcase their compositions.
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