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Choral Splendor in 40 Parts, a concert 450 years in the making!

Choral Splendor in 40 Parts, a concert 450 years in the making!

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Published 12/16/21

Founded in England in 2011, Les Canards Chantants are now based in Philadelphia, where they are Ensemble in Residence at Glencairn Museum, and present concerts of renaissance polyphony at home and abroad. Les Canards Chantants has toured in the UK, Germany, and China, where they headlined the inaugural festival of Western Early Music at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Innovative programs like 1.500 Surround Sound (an immersive polychoral experience), Dowland’s Table (Lute song choose-your-own-adventure) and Sex, Drugs and Madrigals (staged Italian madrigals) have cemented the ensemble’s reputation for daring and entertaining presentation in concert, and for engagingwith the most unusual repertoire from the Renaissance.“We are excited to singing alongside of some of our country’s leading performers of this style,” said Maestro Joseph Caulkins. “In addition to them being a special part of these incredible works for 40 or more voices, we will also get to …

Gasparilla Music Foundation Hosts Music Instrument Drive

Gasparilla Music Foundation Hosts Music Instrument Drive

Music

Published 12/10/21

The Gasparilla Music Foundation (GMF) and its Recycled Tunes program are holding a Musical Instrument Drive benefiting Hillsborough County schools!On Saturday December 11th from 1pm until 5pm at Sparkman Wharf in Water Street Downtown Tampa, GMF will be accepting new and gently used instruments in exchange for a FREE ticket to the 2022 Gasparilla Music Festival taking place February 25-27. Volunteers will be on hand for an easy, curbside drop off.Instruments received by Recycled Tunes are refurbished (if necessary), cleaned and tuned and then provided to Title 1 elementary schools in Hillsborough County. The program also provides music classrooms with repairs, gear, and other supplies such as strings, sticks and bows. So far in 2021, the Recycled Tunes program has provided 719 new and used instruments, equipment and repairs to 42 schools in Hillsborough County. While there is a need for a broad range of instruments, Recycled Tunes’ current priority needs are for brass, woodwind and …

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2022 Jack Rudin Championship

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2022 Jack Rudin Championship

Music

Published 12/2/21

For the first time since March 2020, students will perform publicly on the Rose Theater stage for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jack Rudin Jazz Championship.Although Jazz at Lincoln Center's hall was temporarily dark to audiences from March 2020 until the organization reopened on November 18, 2021, Jazz at Lincoln Center provided resources for cultural nourishment and comfort in these uncertain times. The organization made available more than 1000 digital programs—including education programs Essentially Ellington, WeBop, Swing University, Summer Jazz Academy, and new programs including A Closer Listen and Inside the Score—to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities.Ensembles competing in the 2022 Jack Rudin Jazz Championship hail from the following colleges and universities:Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, …

KEY CHORALE'S PERFECT PITCH, AN ANNUAL LUNCHEON

KEY CHORALE'S PERFECT PITCH, AN ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Music

Published 10/12/21

Nate continues to be a driving force in Florida’s theatre scene. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Nate founded WBTT in 1999. He has written, composed, directed and performed in countless productions. His extensive work in the community in training and mentoring youth in the performing arts is legendary. Perfect Pitch, Key Chorale’s annual luncheon will be held November 1st at 11:30 am at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Featured guests will include Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Visible Men Academy. A paddle raise will support the Key Chorale Student Scholar Program created to inspire, coach, and fund opportunities for high school students interested in careers in the vocal arts.  Celebrate the impact that choral music can have throughout life, from youth to adulthood, affecting our lives, careers, and communities. Guests will be welcomed with a wonderful performance by the Key Chorale Chamber Singers and the 2021-22 Student Scholars. There will also be special guest …

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

Music

Published 6/11/21

Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire wrapped up its virtual season, known as Season S, with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claudio Monteverdi.This last presentation, on May 23, marked the first time these artists gathered after more than one year apart – and the intensity of emotions they exuded made their sacred music shine even brighter.Seraphic Fire cautiously approached every detail in preparing for the first in-person recording in still unstable conditions. Humbly rather than pompously, the ensemble gathered around a finely chosen repertoire. In the ascetic acoustic space, the sonority of evenly employed male and female voices carried an intimate atmosphere over the screen.Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, chose five pieces from Monteverdi’s collection, “Selva Morale e Spirituale” (1641). The vocalists and guest instrumentalists elegantly interpreted the first piece, “Beatus vir,” and …

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

Music

Published 3/8/21

The Florida Orchestra is offering a concert with space to pause, reflect and heal. Music Director Michael Francis will conduct Serenity - a mesmerizing mix of music - on March 13th & 14th at the Mahaffey Theater in the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series.“We have experienced 12 months unlike anything before,” Maestro Francis said. “As move forward together with optimism, we wanted to curate an event that gives us a chance to pause and reflect. This Serenity concert is a haven: a serene musical space for peace, beauty and contemplation.” The Serenity concert features Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of the most recognizable pieces in the world. Famously featured at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as the 1986 film Platoon, it simultaneously evokes both sadness and hope.It will be streamed live from the Mahaffey Theater at 8 pm March 13th. It’s free and easy to register at FloridaOrchestra.org/livestreams. All performances are …

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