Of Rivers Within

Saturday night marked the 45th Anniversary performance of the Greenville Chorale. For this occasion, the Chorale had commissioned a work by Mark Kilstofte. Mark is a colleague and fellow vocalist, in addition to being a world-renowned composer. His works are innovative and beautiful, but can be challenging to perform. The commissioned work, “Of Rivers Within”, is no exception. Also on the program was Ralph Vaughn William’s “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

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Cosmic convergence

First full choir rehearsal at Fourth on my own.  Things went well, except… Sunday’s Anthem:  "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Quaker hymn made famous by Enya. Today’s News from Florida:  Choir refuses to stop singing and must be removed by authorities.  The pastor of a Charlotte Harbor church had 16 church members booted from … Continue reading Cosmic convergence

First @ Fourth

I tend not to be nervous on Sunday mornings.  I figure what’s going to happen will happen.  Wendesday evenings are another matter, as I worry about getting everything ready.  Even with this being my first Sunday as choir director at Fourth Presbyterian, I wasn’t too nervous.  Excited, yes, but not nervous.  This, despite nightmares this … Continue reading First @ Fourth

Big Shoes

Last night I officially met the Fourth Presbyterian choir and had my first rehearsal with them. I don’t start until October 9, but the Wednesday before that is supposed to be a celebration of the tenure of Dr. Kyser, and it would have been awkward for me to follow that with a rehearsal. Continue reading Big Shoes

Picking up the baton

Monday night there was a call waiting for me from Fourth Presbyterian in Greenville.  My good friend and colleague, Dr. Ramon Kyser, is retiring, and I was asked about taking the interim Minster of Music position.  The call did not surprise me – I’ve worked closely with Dr. Kyser over the years, as well as … Continue reading Picking up the baton

Spy Music

Spy MusicAfter watching the Fantastic Four and drawing the inevitable comparisons with The Incredibles, I got to thinking about the really cool soundtrack for the Incredibles. It seemed the perfect addition to my “cool music” collection, so I set off in search of a copy. It took some doing, but I did finally found a copy. Continue reading Spy Music

What the Audience Never Hears

This weekend the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah as part of the Artisphere Festival.  It was a moving, impressive performance, and garnered a rave review from Ann Hicks in the Greenville News.  The only real problem was with turn-out — the Peace Center looked empty.  Not that the concert was … Continue reading What the Audience Never Hears