Category Archives: Chorus

From Freischütz to Resurrection

Our run of Der Freischütz at West Bay Opera concluded on Sunday. The innovative direction by Yuval Sharon had its fans and its detractors, but the singing was pretty well universally praised. As a member of the chorus, I was … Continue reading

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Three Grammys for the SFS Mahler 8

Back in September, I blogged that the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 was “one for the ages”, just as the concert performances were the preceding year. Tonight, that recording won three Grammy Awards: Best Classical Album … Continue reading

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Coming Up: An American "Der Freischütz"

Yesterday was our first staging rehearsal for West Bay Opera‘s upcoming production of Der Freischütz. I was already excited about getting the opportunity to perform this German masterwork that is rarely done in the USA. The cast is fabulous, full … Continue reading

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Reicha Requiem Reviewed

It’s unusual for amateur groups like the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony get reviewed. But the rarity of the Reicha Requiem attracted a review from David Bratman in San Francisco Classical Voice. It’s a nice, insightful piece, and I … Continue reading

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Reicha Requiem at Stanford

Interested in hearing a rarely-performed large-scale choral work from the early 19th century? Here’s your chance to hear Anton Reicha’s Missa pro defunctis (Requiem). The Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony will be performing it this weekend, together with excerpts … Continue reading

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Coming Up: The Marriage of Figaro

If you are in the East Bay this weekend, here’s the best music deal of the year. Come to see Open Opera‘s free performances of Mozart’s masterpiece Le nozze di Figaro at the John Hinkel Park amphitheater in Berkeley. Performances … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Madama Butterfly

There is a reason why some operas are so beloved and so often performed. While there are many great operas in the world, in and out of the repertoire, some works go beyond with a transcendent synthesis of music and … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Palo Alto Chamber Chorus

Most of my performing these days is usually in symphonic and opera choruses. I sang in two chamber choruses back in Boston, but have yet to find a good fit with a full-time chamber chorus locally. So I am really … Continue reading

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