New semester at New England Conservatory, School of Continuing Education! Starting Wednesday, January 22, 7:00-8:00, a wonderful new take on the Bach Arias class I’ve taught there. Focusing on small chamber pieces that one can perform in a recital or church, we will also include works by Heinrich Schuetz and G.P. Telemann, as well as JSB.
I’m so delighted that we keep growing and getting better together. Our concerts are short and really fun. Lots of different kinds of songs about light. And many opportunities for the audience to join in.
What do Emma Lazarus, Paul Simon, Emily Dickinson and Sully Prudhomme have in common? They all wrote poetry I am singing at the Solidarity Salon on August 24. My colleague Lisa DeSiro creates these, with lots of poets and few musicians. We each do a short set. I make my own mix of singing the “regular tune” and having my way with the compositions. Info in the flyer, above.
Upcoming concert of 1. the lovely choir I conduct, and 2. a really fun cake with my mugshot (oops, headshot) alongside Handel and our harpsichordist right on the frosting! The Handel class was at NEC; the JP Jubilee is 75+ singers right in Jamaica Plain.
“Hey, nice trill!”
It’s Handel and his world this semester, Wednesday evenings at New England Conservatory in their School of Continuing Education. We begin January 23 at 7:00.
Come and learn to:
- Sing stylishly
- Make your recitatives into a great story
- Create your own ornaments
Sunday, January 27 at 3:30; Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
What a pleasure to come back to a piece after some years and find deeper understanding as I rework it. Dana Maiben wrote “The Green House” and recently won the Miriam Gideon Prize for it, so we get to do it again. The poem, by Martha Collins of Cambridge, is a dreamscape in which one goes on over time, much as one would fall back asleep and return to the (somewhat) same dream. One of my favorite lines:
It wouldn’t be true. The orphan in the story
is only a sign of trying to start things over,
as if you could do it yourself, without a mother.
by Martha Collins, “The Green House”
Music Composed by Women Past and Present
The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University. Presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.
This year’s concert will be curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, a WSRC Scholar and winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “The Green House.” The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio and guests performing the prize-winning composition along with new work by Maiben and other Boston area women.
This concert is made possible thanks to the generous support of WSRC board co-chair Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, ’66, in honor of her uncle and aunt, Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio.
No one will accuse me of programming too much “holiday music” this December for JP Jubilee. We’re talking about DESPAIR! The 7th Deadly Sin. Fun and funny song; we’ll also sing Never Never Land to keep you weepin’ in a sweet way.
We’ve had a couple of terrific outreach concerts this Fall–a Thanksgiving lunch for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, at a senior/disabled housing in my neighborhood, and the 150th anniversary of Curtis Hall. Now we’re ready for our short and sweet final concert, Saturday December 8 at 2:00. You’ll be done singing along (and clapping) by 3.
On another note, save the date for a performance by the Mockingbird Trio plus a few wind players: Sunday January 27 at 3:30pm at Brandeis, we’ll be reprising Dana Maiben’s The Green House. Details below:
The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University
Folks, if you’ve been around me this century, you’ll know that a LOT of wonderful music has been written for me and my pals, Scott (Woolweaver) and John (McDonald), otherwise known as the Mockingbird Trio.
We are delighted to offer sound and links for you and any aspiring contralti, violists (and pianists who want to make music with their alto and violist friends).
Twelve songs on modern American poets were recorded live, and they are here on the website, along with links to the composers so you may contact them directly for sheet music. Many of them have written a LOT of songs for us, like Fran Trester, who even wrote a 2-person opera called 334 Bunnies.
If you know any contralti or violists, please direct them to this website. We want to SHARE this wonderful material!
Thanks to Angie Flores of Adstrum Media for her help in putting the new site together, and love to all who knew Don. Truly a wonderful colleague and friend.
I used to think if I went over the piece again and again the Goddess of Music would smile down on me and fulfill my wish. Then I realized I was memorizing the way I DIDN’T want it to sound or feel.
So, I learned how to practice AND get better, a lot of it from hearing others practice and observing my own habits. Come to a FREE workshop at the New England Conservatory this Wednesday, September 26, from 8-9:30pm in Pierce Hall, 241 St. Botolph Street. I’ll share some of my best practices (couldn’t resist) and there will be handouts. Open and free to all, no NEC affiliation required.
I grew up with fog, and sang on the way to Oakland High madrigals at 7:30 in the morning. It made my hair wavy like Janis Joplin…
On Saturday September 22, I’ll be singing with a fog/art project at the Arnold Arboretum. Maria Finkelmeier’s piece for voices, brass and percussion lasts 20 minutes, so we’ll do it three times: 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30, right by the front gate and Hunnewell building. Free and you are invited to wander around us as we make music!