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Mahler's favorite corner of Italy...

Mahler's favorite corner of Italy is also one of ours.  In the memory of most of the ensemble, we've found ourselves in Brixen/Bressanone 3 times in the last few years, both summer and winter, and have made friends - many familiar faces in the audience.  Our community sing + concert in Aosta and Val Gardena in 2012 was a blast.  Samuel Runggaldier ( who organized it) and friends always come to our concerts when we're in the neighborhood and are very audibly enthusiastic.  Tolbach, site of tonight's concert,  75 minutes from Brixen,  has a festival in honor of Gustav Mahler who  spent the summers of l908-10 there.    The Sala/Saal Gustav Mahler is a really great acoustical room, and our first outing of the tour seemed to be a hit.  We put 3 Mahler songs into The Gypsy in My Soul in his honor.  It rained in Tolbach, and the heatwave may have broken.  Tomorrow night Spanish Gold in the Cathedral in Brixen.
 

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9th Annual Concert and Youth Choral Festival in Fairfield County, CT

Produced by our longtime trustee and friend, Dudley Roski, our annual concert at St. Mark's Episcopal in New Canaan, and Youth Choral Festival in Darien now attract a faithful annual audience. Today we worked with choirs from Brewster, Darien, Staples and Westhill High Schools in a long and productive day, culminating with a short evening concert. The evening concert allows us to show off our work, and for the students to be supported by their families and friends. After the individual choirs had sung, and we had sung, we combined with all several hundred students for two tutti numbers - Monteverdi's Si Ch'io vorrei morire, and Andre Thomas' "Rockin' Jerusalem." We're leaving tomorrow for Cincinnati. We hope that Connecticut gets its spring eventually. 20140409-214646.jpg

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We open at the Bing

Tonight - our first appearance in Stanford's wonderful new Bing Concert Hall - with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra - seemed like a triumph. Very happy capacity audience which enjoyed ( as did we) our program of music from between the two world wars of the twentieth century by Kreisler, Rosza, Bartok, Hindemith, Weill, Gershwin, Ellington, with poignant interventions of music arranged and sung by the Comedian Harmonists. 20140320-225256.jpg

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An enjoyable day at the Bing getting to know our fellow passengers on the Atlantic Crossing

During a 10-4.30pm rehearsal in the luxurious Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University ( it's only been open a year) we enjoyed getting to know the members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg better and putting the final touches on our program which opens there tonight.  The Bing is a great addition to the Bay Area's performing arts scene; we're happy to be making our debut there.photo-9 photo-8 photo-10 photo-11 photo-5 photo-2 photo-3

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There's a boat that's leaving soon!

...For our Atlantic Crossing with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber orchestra in a long awaited ( at least by us) collaboration.  The program will debut ( as will we, and the orchestra) at Stanford's new Bing Hall on Thursday evening, then cruise on to San Francisco Friday and Saturday, San Rafael on Sunday, and Berkeley on Tuesday.  Judging by today's rehearsal - you'll probably want to be there!  We had met the NCCO's charistmatic  Music Director before Christmas when we posed for some photos.  Today we met her and her orchestra to start putting our tutti numbers in place, starting with a Duke Ellington medley of Lush Life, Take the A train, and It don't Mean a thing. Arrangements by Clarice Assad.

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