Announcements

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.

Best,
Carey Shunskis
Harvard pro Musica | Music Director

RVW Fantasia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdxZhmylG-I
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!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leNmRpNjOko

These are all in the same playlist on YouTube:
Lauridsen movement 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_11DyMDgR9c&list=PL4BBD987CCC6C25E5
Lauridsen movement 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2spQc6g97A&index=2&list=PL4BBD987CCC6C25E5
Lauridsen movement 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPWiFBChQw&index=3&list=PL4BBD987CCC6C25E5
Lauridsen movement 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBPuQ0k3J-I&index=5&list=PL4BBD987CCC6C25E5
Lauridsen movement 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9UX5GQLMhE&list=PL4BBD987CCC6C25E5&index=4

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

Harvard Sings, Continued

Hi all,

We’ve had positive responses, but we still need more people (especially men!) to make this work. Please do consider signing on — it would be great to get ourselves more in the public eye, and fun just to sing!

Michael

Original Message:

Harvard Pro Musica needs more members, and we’d like to be better known in the community. We think we have come up with a fun way to accomplish both: let’s sing some of those wonderful spirituals again — or learn them if you missed them the first time around! We’d like to offer ourselves as a guest choir in some local churches this summer and early fall, singing some of our crowd-pleasing and energy-filled repertoire as anthems. Churches have singers and potential audience members. Let’s get ourselves out there and let them know Harvard Sings!

Here are some possibilities for repertoire, pieces we did in our spring concert and at the workshop. But don’t worry if you didn’t sing in those; they’re all very learnable (and all great)!

My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Walk Together, Children
Soon Ah Will Be Done
My Lord, What a Morning
Unclouded Day
The Road Home

If you’re interested please let us know at harvardsings@harvardpromusica.org. We’d love to gather enough voices to make this happen. And let us know if you have a church you think would like to have us visit on a Sunday morning!

Michael

Harvard Sings!

Hi all,

Harvard Pro Musica needs more members, and we’d like to be better known in the community. We think we have come up with a fun way to accomplish both: let’s sing some of those wonderful spirituals again — or learn them if you missed them the first time around! We’d like to offer ourselves as a guest choir in some local churches this summer and early fall, singing some of our crowd-pleasing and energy-filled repertoire as anthems. Churches have singers and potential audience members. Let’s get ourselves out there and let them know Harvard Sings!

Here are some possibilities for repertoire, pieces we did in our spring concert and at the workshop. But don’t worry if you didn’t sing in those; they’re all very learnable (and all great)!

My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Walk Together, Children
Soon Ah Will Be Done
My Lord, What a Morning
Unclouded Day
The Road Home

If you’re interested please let us know at harvardsings@harvardpromusica.org. We’d love to gather enough voices to make this happen. And let us know if you have a church you think would like to have us visit on a Sunday morning!

Michael

Potluck Tomorrow!

Hi all,

Reminder: our potluck and meeting is 7:30 tomorrow — that’s Tuesday — at Eleanor’s house, 37 Flanagan Rd in Bolton.

Food signup sheet is here; right now it’s looking a little… sparse. Which might be fine — potlucks always seem to work out! But if you’ve already decided what you’ll bring, you could note it there.

If you could reply to this to let us know whether you’re coming, that would help with the planning.

Thanks, and see you tomorrow!
Michael

If you’re coming to the workshop

(And I hope lots of you are!) here’s a message from Carey:

Hi HPM!

I hope you will join us for the workshop on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 10:30AM at First Church in Sterling or for the concert that evening at 6PM. If you are coming to the workshop please bring “Walk Together Children”. I’d love to do this piece for the concert if we have enough singers.

Thank you and hope to see you there,
Carey