… as does my listening. This is beautiful.

Trad. English Melody/arr. G. Winston Cassler (1906-1990)
St. Olaf Orchestra; Steven Amundson, Conductor

because it’s lovely …

Stellenbosch University Choir

DIE DONKER (The Dark)
Two Afrikaans Songs
Arranged by André van der Merwe

Die Gang – Christopher Torr
(Publisher: Christopher Torr Music)
As performed by Laurika Rauch
Klein Tambotieboom – Die Heuwels Fantasties

Sound Engineer: Dr Gerhard Roux
Video Production: Regardt Visser
Choir Management: US Woordfees – [email protected]

English Translation:

DIE GANG (The Corridor):
In the dark corridor I saw a light, but the flame was delicate and frail.
I yearned for springtime on my uncle’s farm without electricity.
My aunt said, “My child, my child, love and moths are blind.”
The flame is delicate and frail, and like a thief it can disappear in the night.
Deep within the corridor I yearned for something.
The wind was singing that spring would bring love.
I could hear the day withering – it was only the sun disappearing.
And as certain as the earth that turns, a cock would crow again.
One evening the night turned to day as the storm erupted with all its force.
And I hid in the corridor, because I was afraid of the electricity.

KLEIN TAMBOTIEBOOM (a farm in the Limpopo Province of South Africa):
When the shadows come to fetch me, and when the good Lord does not look out for me,
when the ozone layer perishes
and falls into a chandelier of stars,
lay my heart to rest in Klein Tambotieboom and scatter my ashes across the Bushveld horizon.

Pepper Choplin: We are not alone

I have the privilege of working with The SymphoNYChorus of New York, New York, and The New West Symphony & Chorus of Calgary, Alberta. My good friend Henric Ideström conducts them both, and I have recorded albums for both groups. In this time of self isolation, we brought together 70 singers from both groups

I started watching this and immediately recognized the conductor. Andrew Whitfield was the assistant conductor and chorus master with Opera San Jose for a number of years. I also recognize a few singers, again some being with Opera San Jose in the past.

This is lovely.

This is great!

2020 Yale Oboe Studio and Alumni Postcard from Confinement (Includes instructor Steve Taylor as well as Aaron Hill, but I have no other names at the moment. I’ll update this if I get them.)

This touched my heart.

From the YouTube Page:
Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by the brave men and women from NHS in honor of the Llandudno’s Venu Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital. During this process, the facility has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol for hope.

(The singing begins at about 1:52 if you want to start there. Then again, maybe you want to hear the well wishes. Some in English, some in Welsh.)

Delightful!

Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, arranged by Bob Chilcott, is beautifully done here by The King’s Singers and 732 members of the “Stay At Home Choir”.

Gorgeous! And the signing … well … something about sign language hits my heart. It’s just so beautiful.

I can’t get enough of these two … they are so musical!

Langston Hughes wrote: “To make words sing is a wonderful thing, Because in a song words last so long.”

The following poem by Langston Hughes was originally entitled, “Prayer.” John Musto’s song (even in this slightly abbreviated version) gives a resounding recognition that individual struggles are shared and felt by us all.

LITANY
Gather up
In the arms of your pity
The sick, the depraved,
The desperate, the tired,
All the scum
Of our weary city

Gather up
In the arms of your pity.
Gather up
in the arms of your love—
Those who expect
No love from above.

Unable to practice and perform together during the COVID-19 social distancing, the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir presents Somewhere Over the Rainbow, performed as a virtual choir. Each member recorded their own part separately as audio and video in their own home, and the full performance was stitched together digitally, with the intent to bring hope to the world.

Music arranged by the choir’s own Adam Holladay.

Visit our website for more information – www.SLSChoir.com.