In this week's episode, I share a story about the Chorus America Annual Conference and the oldest, continuously performing performing arts organization in the country.
Last year's Chorus America Annual Conference, held in Washington D.C., was one of the highlights of my year. Really informative presentations and tons of exquisite singing had me waking up early in the morning, giddy about each new day of the conference.
This year's conference, held in Boston, had performances from some of our country's finest choirs, including one from the beloved Handel and Haydn Society. The Handel and Haydn Society's performance at the conference wrapped up the first year of their two year bicentennial celebration.
During my trip to London last summer, I got a chance to watch and listen to H&H's artistic director, Harry Christophers, create magic with his U.K. based group, The Sixteen. The first word that comes to my mind about that experience is humbling. This man could hear the smallest details and always shape a better, more nuanced product. In my opinion, this skill is the definition of someone that has clearly mastered their craft. I had to include audio from that recording session just so you can experience some of the choral magic I experienced last summer
To hear the complete story about the Chorus America Annual Conference, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the magic of Harry Christophers in this week's episode of Sing to Inspire, click the audio player above.
#SingToInspire Performance of the Week
Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
G.F. Handel, composer
Harry Christophers, conductor
#SingToInspire Photos of the Week
Photo of Eric Whitacre in an open rehearsal with Philadelphia based choir, The Crossing.
Photo of Handel & Haydn performing at the 2015 Chorus America Annual Conference.
Photo break during The Sixteen's recording session of Scarlatti's Stabat Mater