Opera Lancaster appoints new chorus director (ldnews.com)

Opera Lancaster has appointed Dr. Robert Bigley as Opera Chorus Director, according to a news release. Bigley currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Lancaster Bible College and Executive Director of More »

The Cat’s Pajamas is coming to Taylor High School (Kokomo Tribune)

The Cat’s Pajamas-Vocal Band, a high energy male a cappella group based out of Branson, Missouri, will perform at Taylor High School on at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The group’s eighth annual Music More »

Grammy-winning vocalist from Belton credits success to former choral director (tdtnews.com)

More than 20 years ago, Belton High School choral director Roy Finney grabbed Dann Coakwell by the arm and told the teenager he was going to join the choir. Sunday evening, Coakwell More »

Musician and Composer Horace Alexander Young Named Chair of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Contemporary Music Program (minyanville.com)

Horace Alexander Young, a jazz musician and former educator at Texas Southern University, has joined Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) as chair of the university’s Contemporary Music Department. Dr. More »

Grand singing lifts ‘Tannhauser’ at Lyric Opera (Chicago Tribune)

Of all the mature operas of Richard Wagner, “Tannhauser” requires perhaps the greatest indulgence from all but the most uncritical of Wagnerites. For one thing, it is long and repetitious, lasting more More »

 

‘Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical’ set to open in Toronto in March (The Canadian Press)

Elicia McKenzie and Liam Tobin pose at the Grand Theatre in London on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in this handout photo. (Dave Chidley/handout) Read more: http://www.cp24.com/entertainment-news/trey-parker-s-cannibal-the-musical-set-to-open-in-toronto-in-march-1.2234633#ixzz1YhOmiDka

TORONTO — If the title “Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical” isn’t clue enough, the team behind the new stage show assure it has plenty of bite to it.

“There’s blood, fart jokes. … We do eat somebody,” star Liam Tobin said at a recent rehearsal at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre, where a revamped version of the show is making its premiere through March 8.

“The guys eat a chunk off one guy’s butt and stuff like that,” added the St. John’s, N.L., native.

Said co-writer/cast member Trevor Martin of Toronto: “If you’re a fan of … continue reading

Opera Lancaster appoints new chorus director (ldnews.com)

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Opera Lancaster has appointed Dr. Robert Bigley as Opera Chorus Director, according to a news release.

Bigley currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Lancaster Bible College and Executive Director of the Trust Performing Arts Center. In those positions, Bigley arranged an appearance for the LBC Chorale on … continue reading

The Cat’s Pajamas is coming to Taylor High School (Kokomo Tribune)

The Cat’s Pajamas-Vocal Band, a high energy male a cappella group based out of Branson, Missouri, will perform at Taylor High School on at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group’s eighth annual Music in Schools Tour brings student choral clinics, school assemblies and evening shows to communities across the nation in an effort to raise money for school music programs. To date, The Cat’s Pajamas has raised more than $80,000 for music education.

Their goal is to inspire students, generate increased excitement and passion for music and encourage youth and teens to get involved in the arts. The group teaches and mentors students during the school day, focusing on singing techniques as well as sharing their personal journeys and testimonies about how they have turned their love for music into a professional career.

On Tuesday evening, The Cat’s Pajamas will put on a world-class show open to … continue reading

Grammy-winning vocalist from Belton credits success to former choral director (tdtnews.com)

More than 20 years ago, Belton High School choral director Roy Finney grabbed Dann Coakwell by the arm and told the teenager he was going to join the choir.

Sunday evening, Coakwell and his colleagues in the Austin-based choral group Conspirare won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance during the … continue reading

Musician and Composer Horace Alexander Young Named Chair of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Contemporary Music Program (minyanville.com)

Horace Alexander Young, a jazz musician and former educator at Texas Southern University, has joined Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) as chair of the university’s Contemporary Music Department. Dr. Steven Paxton, who has chaired the department since 2003, will be continuing as a full-time faculty member, concentrating on choral music, composition and music theory.

“We were extremely fortunate to find Horace during our search process, and we know that under his leadership our unique program will … continue reading

Grand singing lifts ‘Tannhauser’ at Lyric Opera (Chicago Tribune)

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Of all the mature operas of Richard Wagner, “Tannhauser” requires perhaps the greatest indulgence from all but the most uncritical of Wagnerites.

For one thing, it is long and repetitious, lasting more than four hours, and not all the music finds the composer at his most inspired. For another, the murderously difficult title role is tough to cast in these heldentenor-poor times. Then there’s the plot itself: The tale of the deeply conflicted antihero Tannhauser, fatally torn between the worlds of sensual love and “pure” love, tests the credulity of modern audiences.

No wonder “Tannhauser” had to … continue reading

Pacific Chorale’s John Alexander to retire after 45 years (Los Angeles Times)

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John Alexander plans to step down after two more seasons as artistic director and conductor of the Pacific Chorale, ending his tenure as leader of Orange County’s top classical chorus after 45 years.

The chorale announced Monday that Robert Istad, its assistant conductor for the last 10 years, will succeed Alexander as music director.

Istad studied under Alexander at Cal State Fullerton while earning a master’s degree in choral conducting, and succeeded his mentor as … continue reading

Woods prof wins share of choral ensemble’s Grammy (Tribune-Star)

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College now has a Grammy Award winner in its midst.

Michael Boswell, an associate professor of music and director of choirs at The Woods, sang as a tenor 2 with the Austin, Texas-based ensemble Conspirare, and that group won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for its album “The Sacred Spirit of Russia.”

Boswell learned the exciting news late Sunday afternoon during a pre-telecast that was live-streamed on the web; he watched with his wife and daughter. “We jumped up and … continue reading

Choral society appeals for new singers (The Westmorland Gazette)

KIRKBY Lonsdale Choral Society has put out an appeal for new singers as it prepares for its summer concert at St Mary’s Parish Church on May 9. The society will be singing Bach – Sleepers, wake, Dvorak – Te Deum and … continue reading

Crucifixion’ to be performed by Rolleston Choral Society ()

FOLLOWING a successful 50-year anniversary in 2014, the Rolleston Choral Society is back for a Passiontide concert.

The choir will be performing Sir John Strainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ – a popular work and which includes a number of congregational hymns – and twill be singing alongside the church choir at St Mary’s
An organ solo is also planned for the concert, and there will be some other pieces of music to provide a contrast.

Jane Phinn will take to … continue reading