Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu Meine Freude
The Concordia Choir; René Clausen, Conductor

Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas et Amor
Murray Kidd, Conductor

YouTube note: Featuring 45 of New England’s top freelance singers, The Singers’ Voice launched the Boston Singers’ Relief Fund. This fund acts as a financial safety net for professional singers in New England who are facing life changing tragedies.

Today is a day of avoidance for me as far as the internet is concerned, although I “cheated” a bit and took a glance at Twitter. That only verified that I should stay away at least for today. (If you see something up on Facebook, Google+ or anything else those are merely auto-posts.) And so I am only posting music which touches my soul, working on photos, teaching four of my dear students, and attending a rehearsal, albeit about as briefly as one can attend a rehearsal (I only play about 15 minutes of it!).

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Speigel
Sally Maer, cello and Sally Whitwell, piano

…. and a white rose … for peace.

White Rose (II), 12.7.16

Joyce DiDonato – Richard Strauss – Morgen

And tomorrow the sun will shine again
and on the way that I will go,
she will again unite us, the happy ones
amidst this sun-breathing earth,
and to the beach, wide, wave-blue
will we still and slowly descend
silently we will look in each other’s eyes
and upon us will sink the mute silence of happiness

The Detroit Symphony concert is happening now. View and listen here! I can’t think of anything better to do on this rainy January 20 morning.

I just received this and it sounds like a great idea to me! Go here tomorrow morning (7:45 AM our time):

#MOZARTFEST: CONCERTANTE
FREE LIVE WEBCAST
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 @ 10:45PM EST

Experience the magnificence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in our three-week Winter Music Festival dedicated to the imagination, virtuosity, and influence of classical music’s most prolific composer!

#MozartFest Program 1 of 6:
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alex Kinmonth, oboe
Scott Strong, horn
Yoonshin Song, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola

MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Oboe Concerto
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 1
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante

Roberta Peters, the coloratura soprano who at 20 was catapulted to stardom by a phone call, a subway ride and a Metropolitan Opera debut — her first public performance anywhere — all in the space of five hours, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 86.

The cause was Parkinson’s disease, her son Bruce Fields said.

Ms. Peters, who would sing with the Met 515 times over 35 vigorous years, was internationally renowned for her high, silvery voice (in private, she could hit a high A, two and a half octaves above middle C); her clarion diction in a flurry of languages; her attractive stage presence; and, by virtue of the fact that she and television came to prominence at about the same time, her wide popular appeal.

“As a coloratura,” Cue magazine wrote of Ms. Peters in 1960, “she has no peer.”

This work, by Joseph Schwantner, is posted here as arranged for wind ensemble by Nikk Pilato. The images are powerful and at times quite chilling.

Atsugi High School Wind Symphony
George Nowells, narrator

We continue to dream, and I continue to pray that those of us who grew up in ease and privilege will do our utmost to stand up for those who have been so oppressed for far too long.

I was moved by this young man’s rendition of that famous speech.

Muncie Central High School student JaJuan Phillips recites the “I Have a Dream” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra on January 17th, 2016 at Southside Middle School for the MLK Memorial Concert

René Clausen: Agnus Dei
Concordia Choir; René Clausen, Conductor