27. December 2016 · Comments Off on Zubin Mehta Retiring … in 2019 · Categories: Conductors, Retiring

Conductor Zubin Mehta to retire after 50 years with IPO

80-year old orchestral music director to hang up his baton at the Israel Philharmonic in 2019
BY DAVID SEDLEY December 26, 2016, 9:12 pm

Zubin Mehta, who has conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 47 years,
announced Monday that he plans to retire in October 2019.

The Indian-born musical director, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, made the
announcement at a special gathering of the orchestra’s musicians. At the same time, he sketched out
his time with the IPO, from his first day on the job in 1969 until the present.

Mehta joined the Philharmonic as its music adviser, later becoming its music director in 1977. In 1981
the orchestra appointed him Music Director for Life.

Mehta was born in Bombay in 1936, which is also the year that the IPO was founded as the Palestine
Orchestra. His father, Mehli Mehta, was the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.

Fifty years! That’s a pretty good run, I think.


27. December 2016 · Comments Off on CSU, Fresno: 20th Annual Double Reed Day · Categories: Double Reed Days and Festivals

You can read all about the double reed day by going here.

Some details:
February 4, 2017
Featured artists: Martin Schuring (oboe) and John Miller (bassoon)
Hosts: Rachel Aldrich, oboe and Larry Gardner, bassoon

08:00 AM: Registration, Double REed Ensemble music distributed
09:00 AM: Oboe Session I: Preparing for Performance: All State, College Auditions, and Beyond – Martin Schuring
09:00 AM: Bassoon Session I: Why I Play the Bassoon and How I Play the Bassoon – John Miller
10:00 AM: Exhibits open
10:30 AM: Oboe Seesion II: English Horn for the Oboist – Martin Schuring
10:30 AM: Bassoon Session II: The Telemann Bassoon Sonata in F Minor – John Miller
12:00 PM: Lunch on your own
01:30 PM: Oboe: Master Class – Martin Schuring
01:30 PM: Bassoon: Master Class – John Miller
03:00 PM: Break
03:15 PM: Rehearsal: Double Reed Ensemble
04:15 PM: Free Time
05:00 PM: Exhibits Close
05:30 PM: Gala Recital: Martin Schuring, oboe; John Miller, bassoon; and Double Reed Ensemble

Contact information is available if you click the link above.

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella & Patapan · Categories: Christmas

arr. by Stephen Paulus

Sea Chanters Chorus
conducted by Capt. Brian O. Walden
Guitar: Musician 1st Class Shawn Purcell
Harp: Chief Musician Emily Dickson

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Merry Christmas! · Categories: Christmas

Dale Trumbore: Glorious, Glorious
Harmonium Choral Society

from A Christmas Carol

No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold;
cold, piping for the blood to dance to;
Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells.
Oh, glorious. Glorious.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel.
Oh, glorious, glorious.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

—Charles Dickens,
adapted by the composer

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on And You Will Sleep · Categories: Choral, Christmas

St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, Conductor
St. Olaf Choir Tour Home Concert, February 24, 2016
Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College

Text by Laurie F. Gauger
Music by Philip Biedenbender

Originally premiered at the 2015 St. Olaf Christmas Festival.

“The walls of a stable are not worthy of a king.

You come, little one, borne on the songs of angels,
The echoes of prophets,
And the light of a strange star.

Do not cry, though you must lie
On this rough, unforgiving wood.
You will be wrapped in lengths of linen,
And you will sleep.

Being found in human form,
He humbled himself,
Becoming obedient to death,
Yes, the death of the cross.

Though you must lie
On this rough, unforgiving wood.
You will be wrapped in lengths of linen,
And you will sleep.

These walls are not worthy of a king, little one,
But your kingdom is not of this world.”

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Christmas Day … and beyond … · Categories: Christmas

Mark Lowry: Mary, Did You Know?
Straight No Chaser

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Very Sad News On Christmas Day · Categories: Losses

I had read of this last night, but hadn’t seen enough news to post. Now it’s in print and we know it’s true. Very, very sad.

Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said.

The Russian Defence Ministry said one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from radar screens at 0525 MSK (9.25 p.m. ET), two minutes after taking off from Sochi in southern Russia, where it had stopped to refuel from Moscow, on its way to Syria.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that nobody had survived.

“The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted,” he said. An unnamed ministry source told Russian news agencies no life rafts had been found, while another source told the Interfax agency that the plane had not sent an SOS signal.

In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in St Petersburg, declared Dec. 26 a national day of mourning.

The jet, a Soviet-era Tupolev plane built in 1983, had been carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members.

At least 60 were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, better known internationally as the Red Army Choir, and were being flown out to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year.


25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Current Listening · Categories: Christmas

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
From the Herderkirche in Weimar, Germany
John Eliot Gardiner – conductor
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Claron McFadden – soprano
Christoph Genz – tenor
Bernarda Fink – alto
Dietrich Henschel – bass
Katharine Fuge

Part One:

Part Two:

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on My Lord Has Come · Categories: Christmas

My Lord has Come by Will Todd
Sea Chanters Chorus
conductor: Musician 1st Class Robert Kurth
Recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, Vir. in May 2015.

About the composer:
British composer and pianist Will Todd has made a name for himself successfully crossing jazz and classical genres. His 2003 jazz mass setting, “Mass in Blue” received critical acclaim as an “innate fusion of jazz elements within choral writing” (Jones, Oxford University Press). Additionally, he has written for the musical theatre and opera stages.

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Welcome Yule · Categories: Christmas