Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
read the notes below to see who the musicians are.

Recorded during the first weeks of Covid 19 quarantines. Choir made up of friends and colleagues, most videos from CT, but also videos from NH, MA, MD, RI, ME, NY, and England. Thanks to the musicians from the bottom of my heart for all of their generous donation of talent, love, and musicality to this project. I hope that this, and all musicl, can help you through difficult times.
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… and here is a lovely way to start it out:

Palestrina: Sicut cervus
Collegium Musicum Almae Matris
Coro e Orchestra dell’Università di Bologna

Editing e mixaggio: Nicola Carli

As a hart longs for the flowing streams,
so longs my soul for thee, O God.

… on both piano and oboe.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Eugene Izotov (oboe & piano)

Today’s morning music is brought to you by Ravel and “l’Orchestre national de France”. Here is an arrangement of Bolero for you:


Ah, the fabulous Voces8!

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh, how far you are from home

Mornië utúlië ((darkness has come))
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië ((darkness has fallen))
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadows call
Will fly away
May it be your journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornië utúlië ((darkness has come))
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië ((darkness has fallen))
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now

There is never a day when starting with Bach would be wrong, but I think at the moment it is even more right.

From the YouTube Page:

Members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House perform J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor remotely while social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Vasko Vassilev 1st violin solo
Anna Blackmur 2nd violin solo
Kaoru Yamada 1st violin
Soh-Yon Kim 2nd violin
Andriy Viytovich viola and cembalo
Tim Hugh cello

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This is wonderful.

From the YouTube page of Cameron Chiu

I hope this video serves as a comfort during these bleak times. When life gets rough, I always resort to music first. With the combined force of 24 student cellists from around the world, we wish to share that experience with you through “The Swan” from Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals. It is a piece of cello repertoire that harnesses simplicity and beauty in a language that speaks directly to the soul. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19 gripping the world, our bodies may be in different places, but our souls can still unite through music. #songsofcomfort

Pianist: Inah Chiu
Producer/Editor: Cameron Chiu

US Cellists:
Brandon Cheng – Chicago, IL
Bethany Bobbs – Paramus, NJ
Shengyu Meng – Los Angeles , CA
Kira Wang – Portland, OR
George Wolfe – New York City, NY
Evan Nicholson – Atlanta, GA
Carson Ling-Efird – Seattle, WA
Meagan Hipsky – Guilford, IN
Shirley Kim – Rochester, NY
James Baik – Houston, TX
Alon Hayut – Ann Arbor, MI
Cameron Chiu – Palatine, IL

International Cellists:
Eugene Lin – Taiwan
Luka Coetzee – South Africa
Seungyeon Yang – Korea
Emma Osterrieder – Germany
Marco Moruzzi – Italy
Sophie Van der Sloot – Canada (Ottawa)
Rachel Siu – Australia
George Wilkes – England
Luis Alejandro Castillo – Spain
Jiaxun Yao – China
Jiaqi Liu – Singapore
Ine Coetzee – Canada (Calgary)

Special Recognition:
Brandon Cheng
Alon Hayut

I think we should start with something that will get us moving today! This is my friend Dave Camwell‘s university and group. (And his wife, Jillian Camwell, is Assistant Professor of Oboe there too.)

This virtual choir from Roedean School (which I believe is in South Africa) is pretty darn sweet! And what a surprise that this was mixed in Milpitas, California. Very near my city.

From the YouTube page:
Apart in uncertain times, but together in spirit and song. May our choir’s virtual performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah be a timely reminder that we are indeed #TogetherApart

Please support COVID-19 prevention, detection and care efforts by donating to the Solidarity Fund.

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By Roedean School (SA)

Composer: Leonard Cohen
Vocal and instrumental arrangement: Ralf Schmitt

Choir: Roedean School (SA)


Creative Consultancy: Andrew Timm Creative
Creative Director: Andrew Timm
Editors: Adino Trapani and Charl Joubert
Cameraman: Peter Groenewald
Shooting Location: Roedean School (SA), Johannesburg, South Africa


Choir: Roedean School (SA)
Choirmaster: Ralf Schmitt
Director of Music: Marius Brink
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Bill Hare
Guitars: Nathan Smith and Bill Hare
Clarinet: Marius Brink
Orchestration: Ralf Schmitt

Roedean School (SA) Executive Head: Fiona Rogers

Mixed and Mastered at Bill Hare Productions, Milpitas, California, USA

In January 1999 Krzysztof Penderecki came and conducted San Jose Symphony. We played several of his works. He was no-nonsense, worked well, and I enjoyed him and his works very much. We of course played Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, but we also did his Symphony No. 4, which included some challenging but ultimately also very rewarding English horn work. (I had to verify what we played by finding a review. I’m glad I was able to locate one!)

Maestro Penderecki died yesterday. I was very sorry to read that news.