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A New Season Built on Trust: St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

Like every director of every orchestra or chorus, Timothy Krueger begins sketching out the upcoming season with the equivalent of a blinking cursor on an empty computer screen.

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Singing Out for SafeHouse

Preview by Betsy Schwarm Music has often set out to support and promote social causes.   Even before recent and current pop stars began undertaking such endeavors, Bedřich Smetana was speaking up for Czech nationalism, and it is no accident that Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro explores the divide between aristocrats and those who serve them. So […]

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Dancing Above, Singing Below: Ars Nova and Frequent Flyers at the Dairy

A review by Marc Shulgold  In their spoken introduction, Tom Morgan and Nancy Smith welcomed their audience to the Dairy Arts Center by cutely alternating words and phrases in explaining the collaboration of his Ars Nova Singers and her all-women Frequent Flyers aerial dance troupe. Most of what they actually said became lost in the […]

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Early Musical Surprises from the New World

A preview by Marc Shulgold  Evanne Browne chuckled when faced with an unexpected challenge: Pronounce the name of a choral piece to be sung by her choral ensemble Seicento later this month. It’s titled Teponazcuicatl. “I’ve been practicing it,” the conductor said with a laugh. She had no problem translating the title of this charming […]

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Krueger and St. Martin’s Choir: Thinking Big

A preview by Marc Shulgold What’s in a name? In the case of Timothy J. Krueger’s first name, apparently not much. The choral conductor chuckled as he pointed out that the origins of “Timothy” are related to “timid,” after the Latin word timere, meaning “to fear.” Well, there’s nothing timid about the season-opener of his […]

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‘Repairing the World’ Through Song

A preview by Marc Shulgold  It was a scene right out of a movie: In the fall of 2013, Leah Peer was strolling along a street in Jerusalem with her mother, Ruth Keusch, discussing what they could do to help those in need – specifically, the residents of Woman to Woman, the . And just […]

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Ars Nova Singers’ “Shared Visions”

A review by Gwen Gray What would it feel like to hear a poem of your own creating rise up, take flight and fill your ears with angelic voices through the force of an entire choir? You had only to look at Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s tear-streaked face Saturday evening to get an idea. As the […]

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Some “Show-Off” Choral Pieces from Ars Nova

A preview by Marc Shulgold One of the popular acts on the old Ed Sullivan TV show featured a guy dashing around madly,  keeping a dozen dinner plates spinning atop a dozen skinny wooden poles. Talk about having your hands full. Thomas Edward Morgan knows the feeling. On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, […]

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Out and About with Teens in December

A preview by Josh Primus This holiday season, many parents are wondering about finding cool events for their picky teenagers. This overview of the December holiday arts scene should answer that question. Many events are surprisingly affordable, and should get your teen in the holiday spirit! Shrek the Musical,  performed at the Town Hall Arts […]

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There’s No ‘Can’t” With Kantorei

A preview by Marc Shulgold  It’s only his second season at the helm of Kantorei, but Joel Rinsema has big plans. For starters, he has officially ended his 23-year tenure as president, CEO and assistant conductor of the highly respected Phoenix Chorale. “I’ve recently located to Denver,” he said with no lack of excitement. He’s […]

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