Eriks Esenvalds: Psalm 67
State Choir Latvia; Stephen Layton, Conductor

Another young one wins an audition. What were you doing when you were 24?!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has appointed William Welter, a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the holder of an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, as principal oboe.

The appointment is to take effect this fall, pending the finalizing of his contract with the association, an orchestra spokeswoman said.

At 24, Welter will be one of the youngest musicians ever to be named to a first-chair position with the CSO.

RTWT

There is a new recording of Hindemith music, played by some mighty fine musicians: Alexa Still, Robert Walters, Richard Hawkins, George Sakakeeny and James Howsmon. You might want to check it out.

I loved playing both the oboe and the English horn sonatas, but it’s been a very long time. This brings back great memories.

Here’s a little sampling:

Philip J. W. Stopford: Beatitudes
Luther College Collegiate Chorale; Dr. Jennaya Robison, Conductor

… totally different, and something I posted in the past, I’m sure. But I need this today. I heartily recommend turning the sound up. (After the singing is over, though, there is talking and unless you understand German you might decide to hit stop.)

Anton Bruckner: Os Justi Meditabitur Sapientiam
Bavarian Radio Chorus

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
The law of his God is in his heart: and his feet do not falter.
Alleluia

I used to listen to Take 6 all the time. I need to get back to listening to these guys. I’m absolutely amazed by the harmony … I don’t know how they do what they do!

(Update: I wasn’t reading what I posted until after: this is from 1990. Looking at a newer video they have … well … they’ve grown up. Kind of like other people. Except me, of course.)

From the YouTube page:

From the Philharmonie in Munich,
The a capella gospel music sextet Take 6 in concert

Mark Kibble – first tenor
Claude V. McKnight – first tenor
Cedrik Dent – baritone
David Thomas – second tenor
Mervyn Warren – second tenor
Alvin Chea – vocal bass

Take 6 – 6 to 1

Live performance at the Philharmonie in Munich at the Klaviersommer 1990 with the fabulous vocalists Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight, Cedrik Dent, David Thomas, Mervyn Warren, and Alvin Chea.

… because I just ran across this. What a talented man, and what a lovely work.

Mary Ellen Haupert: Illumina le tenebrae
Matthew Curtis, singer

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen.

Ko Matsushita: O Lux Beata Trinitas
Maynooth University Chamber Choir; Michael Dawson

(Side note: Those on Facebook and Google+ will see this because both this and my photo site are set to automatically share posts on those. I’m finding social media was bashing my heart just a wee bit too much, and I needed a break.)

So no oboe on this one, but I thought it was quite beautiful, and wanted to share it to bring it to clarinetists’ attention. I wish one could see the performers doing what they do, but the group only shared the image of their recording.

Anthony Maglione: O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move
East Carolina University Chamber Singers; Daniel Bara, Conductor; Christopher Grymes, Clarinet

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

Goodnight Dear Heart, by Dan Forrest

Bel Canto Company – ‘There is Sweet Music Here’
Welborn E. Young, Artistic Director and Conductor
Christy Wisuthseriwong, Accompanist

April 16, 2018
First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC

Bel Canto Company – www.belcantocompany.com
Video by Mark Manring – www.manring.net