Tuesday’s Rehearsal

Hi all,

This Tuesday, the 17th, we’ll be having sectionals for much of the rehearsal. The schedule:

7:30: Soprano/alto (men can come late — be there ready to sing at 8:15!)
8:15: Everyone
8:45: Tenor/bass (women can leave)

See you Tuesday!

Message From Carey

Dear HpM,

The wonderful alto, Donna, found practice tracks for the Lauridsen Mid-Winter Songs! It is just keyboard but I think you’ll find it helpful.

Please take a listen to either the tracks or a YouTube version. We will spend a lot of time in sectionals reviewing and learning movements I, IV and V. Please do your best to be at rehearsal before 7:30PM. For the past few weeks we’ve only had a few singers actually ready to go at 7:30PM so please try to be in your seat by then so we can start with everyone on time. You are singing so well already and you are capable of incredible music making but being at rehearsal regularly and on time will bring the choir to a new level of excellence.

Thank you for your hard work so far and I look forward to seeing you this week!

Rehearsal Tracks

Hi all,

We had a great first rehearsal last week — if you weren’t able to make it, it’s not too late, and we hope to see you tomorrow!

In case you missed them before, here are YouTube videos for the pieces we’re singing:

Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Elgar, “The Snow” (SSA, not SATB, but good!)
Lauridsen, Midwinter Songs (Each movement in its own video; playlist starts here)

See (and hear!) you tomorrow,

Rehearsals start September 5!

From Carey:

We are 3 weeks away from our first rehearsal of the 2017-2018 season and I could not be more excited for the music this year! For our December 9 concert in Sterling we will perform “Christmas Fantasy” – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with baritone and cello, Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen with our fantastic accompanist, Susan Minor, and Edward Elgar’s stunning The Snow featuring violin duet. Lauridsen is a contemporary American composer with a distinct voice but his Mid-Winter Songs present a more nuanced setting of text by Robert Graves and the piano solo will leave you speechless. Both Vaughan Williams and Elgar are English composers of the turn of the 20th century bridging the 19th century Romantic style of rich chords and stunning harmony and 20th century British music that features clarity in music and the traditional “English Choral Music”. This is robust and exciting music that will launch us into the winter season!

On May 13 we will present “Springtime in Vienna” featuring Schubert’s Mirjamsiegesgesang (we’ll sing in German but the title in English is Miriam’s Song of Triumph), Mozart Laudate Dominum from his Vespers and hopefully a little bit of Haydn!

Please see recordings for all of the winter repertoire and a link to practice tracks for the RVW Fantasia on Christmas Carols below. We hope to see you at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 5 or in the audience in the winter.

Carey Shunskis
Harvard pro Musica | Music Director

RVW Fantasia
practice tracks

Elgar The Snow (SSA version but VERY good. It’s hard to find a great SATB version so we might just have to upload our own!)

These are all in the same playlist on YouTube:
Lauridsen movement 1
Lauridsen movement 2
Lauridsen movement 3
Lauridsen movement 4
Lauridsen movement 5

Susan in Concert on Martha’s Vineyard

Hi all,

For anyone who will be on Martha’s Vineyard next weekend and who misses Susan’s fabulous playing, you’re in luck! And I think many of us know Ray Bauwens as well. Looks like a great concert!

Evening Under the Stars
A Night of Broadway Duets
Lori Ullman and Ray Bauwens, accompanied by Susan Minor
Saturday, August 5, at 7:30PM
Old Whaling Church
89 Main St., Edgartown, MA