09. November 2015 · Comments Off on My Cd Is On The Way! · Categories: Announcements

This just in from Janet Archibald:

Hi Friends of the Lowell Trio,
The Lowell Trio is very pleased to announce the release of our first cd, ‘Music to Save Our Endangered Lands’, just in time for the holidays!
The cd features San Francisco Opera Orchestra members Janet Popesco Archibald, oboe & English Horn, Emil Miland, cello and pianist Margaret Fondbertasse in some of the Lowell Trio’s greatest hits from 7+ years of Classical/Crossover concerts, including ‘Cross the Wide Missouri’, movie themes from ‘The Mission’ ‘Valley of the Dolls’ ,and ‘Deer Hunter’ music of Handel, Bach and Rachmaninoff, and much more.
All proceeds from the sale of the cd go directly to the John Muir Land Trust in support of their fantastic work to preserve our beautiful open spaces in Contra Costa County.
The cds are available at www.jmlt.org for $25.00, $20.00 of which is tax deductible. It’s a great way to complete your holiday shopping, get a tax deduction and also give a gift to the environment at the same time!
Also, please join the Lowell Trio on Sunday December 20, 4pm at Armando’s in Martinez (707 Marina Vista Ave) for our festive annual Holiday Concert, featuring seasonal favorites, holiday goodies and a few surprises, too!
Happy Holidays!
Janet Archibald for
The Lowell Trio

09. November 2015 · Comments Off on Time For Music · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Choral, Listen, Videos

I’m sitting in my warm study: it is rainy and windy and I’m loving every minute of it. It does mean, though, that I will wait a while before my Monday walk, if I manage one at all. (I don’t mind rain walks, but I don’t care for windy rain walks, and I’m also just feeling lazy, due to the opera rehearsal last night and staying up far too long after that.) Meanwhile, I investigate music on YouTube. Nothing like a warm blanket of music, right?

I just landed at a lovely choral page, and I’m not only enjoying the music but the words. It’s a poem I’d not known.

Bright Is the Ring of Words
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)

From Songs of Travel

Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them,
Fair the fall of songs
When the singer sings them.
Still they are carolled and said —
On wings they are carried —
After the singer is dead
And the maker buried.

Low as the singer lies
In the field of heather,
Songs of his fashion bring
The swains together.
And when the west is red
With the sunset embers,
The lover lingers and sings
And the maid remembers.

Info from the YouTube Page:
The World Premiere of Richard Burchard’s, “Bright is the Ring of Words.” Performed by the award winning Mt Sac Chamber Singers and the RCC Chamber Singers, for the 50th Anniversary ACDA Conference, Santa Barbara, Ca. February 21, 2014. Travis Hancock performing as part of a duet.