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October 28, 2017

Besides being excellent vocalists and musicians, choral singers have to be great team players. 

Everyone has to know his or her strengths and weaknesses (and self-knowledge can be so elusive!), and contribute accordingly.  In performance, some lead in providing imp...

October 13, 2017

Our American culture is famously and proudly individualistic, partly a reaction to and flight from the oppressive class systems of the Old World.  We should surely be grateful for the great leap of faith, strongly influenced by John Locke's utilitarian individualism, t...

October 7, 2017

In The Merchant of Venice, Portia exclaims, seeing a light burning in her hall, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” 

The light known as Fanny Lou Hamer was born 100 years ago today in Montgomery County, Mississippi, t...

September 29, 2017

As you may know, the composer for the 2017 Ketterling Carol is Daniel Kallman.  As you may not know, the delivery date for his Christmas "present" is this weekend.  So even as we type and read, Dan is putting the finishing touches on his version of the Wexford Carol ("...

September 21, 2017

When I opened my mailbox yesterday, I found Weston Noble staring benignly up at me from the cover of Choral Journal magazine.  Weston died last December at the ripe old age of 94, and has been celebrated in numerous and far-flung concerts and services in the past year,...

September 15, 2017

We were contacted this past summer by Matt Camrud, a former CAE Board member and highly accomplished pianist.  His beloved mother, Cynthia Larson, passed away last February, and he wanted to explore ways of celebrating her life.  Since she, too, loved choral music, Mat...

September 8, 2017

As we prepare this first concert, we will happily spend more than a little time polishing Benjamin Britten's CANTATA MISERICORDIUM, a small masterwork written in 1963.  

Britten's librettist, Patrick Wilkinson, expanded and dramatized the great parable, from Luke 10, of...

August 31, 2017

The 33rd season of Choral Arts Ensemble is officially underway, now that we have met and rehearsed this past Tuesday evening.  The singers did not betray many signs of summer rustiness, and lovely sounds are already emerging.  

This first concert, SPEAKING TRUTH TO...

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