Watch Rutter concert!!!!
lots of virtual concerts coming up.
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From: MidAmerica Productions Inc. <atobet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Subject: ON THAT NOTE - May 2020 | The Newsletter of MidAmerica Productions
The MidAmerica Productions Newsletter
From Writer and Editor Amanda Tobet, Director of Public Relations and
Publications, on Behalf of General Music Director
and the Staff of MidAmerica Productions & MidAm International
MAP AND MIDAM 2021:
A JOHN RUTTER CHORAL GALA
Greetings, subscribers and friends – we here at MidAmerica Productions and
MidAm International hope that you all are staying safe and well.
We continue to work diligently in organizing our concerts for the coming
year, including transferring all ensembles scheduled to perform in 2020
gratis to 2021. The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut
with world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, originally scheduled to take
place earlier this month, has now been rescheduled for June 7, 2021; be
sure to mark your calendars.
As we discussed in last month’s issue of On That Note, during these
uncertain times, the promise of future travel and shared musical
experiences can provide a much-needed source of light and hope. With that
in mind, we now look ahead to 2021, and MAP and MidAm’s recently-announced
John Rutter Choral Gala.
A highlight of our upcoming 38th concert season, the John Rutter Choral
Gala will take place on both sides of the Atlantic — in New York City’s
legendary Carnegie Hall in May, and in London’s historic Southwark
Cathedral in June. On these dates, internationally-acclaimed composer and
conductor John Rutter CBE will conduct his own works in two concerts, each
paired with its own residency. Both are open for registration now.
On May 31, 2021
as part of MidAmerica Productions’ Memorial Day concert at Carnegie Hall,
Dr. Rutter will conduct his Mass of the Children, Requiem, Gloria, and Te
Deum for a festival chorus, along with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
The performance will mark his 131st appearance on the Carnegie Hall stage
in partnership with MidAmerica Productions. Also available is an NYC
residency from Friday, May 28 to Tuesday, June 1, during which
participating choirs will be able to explore and fully take advantage of
performing in the Big Apple.
Then, on June 30, 2021
choirs will be able to experience another opportunity of a lifetime: a
major public concert of John Rutter’s Requiem, Magnificat and Mass of the
Children, with Dr. Rutter conducting, at Southwark Cathedral in London, UK.
All choral ensembles around the world are invited to take part in not only
the Gala Concert on June 30, but also a 10-day/9-night residency, extending
from Thursday, June 24 to Saturday, July 3 and taking travelers to
landmarks around London and Windsor.
Choruses of any size are additionally welcome to perform under their
respective conductors at St. Paul’s Church during their stay in London;
moreover, groups of 40 or more voices will be joined by members of the
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
John Rutter states, “Some of the most inspiring moments in my lifetime as a
conductor have been in Carnegie Hall, directing a MidAmerica chorus and
orchestra. The contribution of Peter Tiboris and his marvelous team to the
musical life of America has been incalculable. His company was the first,
and is still the best, in the field. We have all been raised up by the
music that he has encouraged us to make.”
We, and Dr. Rutter, very much look forward to making music with you in 2021.
A MIDAMERICA MILESTONE:
MAP's First-Ever Youth Choral Music Solo Series
Over the years, we at MidAmerica Productions have received a number of
inquiries regarding the possibility of solo choral performances. Now, we
are excited to share with you the unveiling of this rare opportunity for
high school choirs of 60+ voices, either a cappella or with piano, to
perform a solo concert in historic Carnegie Hall in 2021. Various dates are
available, ranging from early April to late June.
To launch this new program, MidAmerica is offering a 4-day/3-night Concert-Only
Please carefully review the details, and, if you wish to proceed for 2021,
kindly complete the application form
by August 1, 2020. Shortly after submission of your application, we will be
in direct contact with you to confirm your concert date and repertoire.
For more information, please contact Eric Spiegel, director of program
development, at espiegel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. We eagerly anticipate
hearing from you, and seeing your ensemble take the stage next year at
Vocalists perform a new piece by Michael John Trotta.
You Are My Refuge:
A Virtual Performance in the Age of COVID-19
Last spring, about one year ago, California’s Oak Park High School and New
Jersey’s Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School took part in the MAP premiere of
Distinguished Composer and Conductor Michael John Trotta’s Gloria at
Carnegie Hall. Recently, Heidi Cissell, choir director at Oak Park High
School, contacted Dr. Trotta to commission a new work in response to the
coronavirus crisis. At a time when thousands of public and private US high
school music programs have been forced to close, Ms. Cissell says, “I
wanted to find an alternate experience for our students, one that they
would always remember and cherish as being their own.”
On Tuesday, May 12, Dr. Trotta’s three-minute a cappella work titled You
Are My Refuge premiered on YouTube
in the form of a virtual performance. Students filmed themselves performing
individually, and their faces and voices were assembled into a full choir.
Dr. Trotta states, “I met both choirs last year at the premiere of Gloria, and
I am thrilled that we are able to reunite in this special virtual
performance. It is a testament to the power of music to bring people
The two aforementioned choirs were joined by that of New Jersey’s Central
Regional High School – who performed the premiere of Dr. Trotta’s Seven
Last Words in 2017 under the direction of Beth Moore – as well as two other
choirs, hailing from Calabasas, CA (director Joshua Barroll) and Agoura
Hills, CA (director Caroline Beal), making for a combined choir of over 200
Dr. Trotta adds, “Having a chance to work with these choirs who I first met
at the MAP premiere of Gloria is a wonderful reminder of the lifelong bonds
that we make when we have a chance to perform together.”
Anyone who views this timely and uniquely uplifting performance will
witness its representation of both music’s power to unite and inspire, and
humanity’s enduring ability to overcome.
A Life-Changing Experience at Carnegie Hall
The following is an account from Richard Hucke, who performed in
Distinguished Composer and Conductor Michael J. Glasgow’s church choir with
MAP at Carnegie Hall in 2017. On That Note extends its heartfelt gratitude
to Mr. Hucke for sharing his story.
It was 22 years ago today that a young, wet-behind-the-ears piano player
started at a church that had lost its choir director. I remember it well,
as I was on the committee that hired Michael Glasgow. Thirty years at my
church, but never in the choir until Michael sought a few extra voices for
the premiere of his Requiem (on his 40th birthday) at Carnegie Hall. My
wife pushed me to go talk to Michael. But, truth be known, I was scared.
Yes, I sang in a high school choir over 50 years ago and even played the
sousaphone in the high school band, but this was above my pay grade –
except that this younger man, almost half my age, had faith that I could do
it. Four months and many rehearsals later, he was proven correct.
My wife, Diane, and I went to NYC – actually took the train over from our
daughter’s home in PA. Later, after it was all over, we took a dinner
cruise around the island. I will always remember standing by that railing,
looking over at the Statue of Liberty and beyond to Ellis Island, where my
parents arrived from Germany in the early 1920s. I couldn't help thinking
that they came in through Ellis Island and I went out through Carnegie Hall.
Afterword: I'm sure Michael will laugh about the “wet behind the ears”
comment, but we were concerned that such a young person could command the
respect of a group of “old” Methodists, and he has proven we had nothing to
fear but fear itself. Our Chancel Choir in Raleigh, NC is a mix of about 65
active “20-somethings” on up to people like me – starting in our 80s – and
Michael has proven to be a great teacher and a friend to all.
From the New York Times
From time to time, Peter Tiboris finds a news article or video feature to
be so interesting that he wants to share it with everyone. Below are the
links to some of these stories.
“Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar”
(April 17, 2020)
“Beethoven the Avant-Gardist: A Pianist Makes His Case”
(April 17, 2020)
“A String Quartet Is Crushed by the Coronavirus”
(April 19, 2020)
“Not Bach or Beethoven, but Leroy Anderson Is the Composer for Now”
(April 22, 2020)
“3,000 Interviews. 50 Years. Listen to the History of American Music.”
(April 23, 2020)
“How the Met Opera Is Throwing a Gala Concert With Smartphones”
(April 24, 2020)
“5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Opera”
(April 28, 2020)
“The Berlin Philharmonic Tests a Musical Path Out of Lockdown”
(May 1, 2020)
SHARE YOUR STORIES
With the current picture becoming ever-so-slightly clearer by the day, many
are keeping themselves occupied, hopeful and inspired by making plans for
the day that the COVID-19 pandemic is finally behind us.
Are you in the process of planning a concert with MidAmerica Productions
and/or MidAm International for 2021, or considering doing so? What about
this prospect excites you the most? I invite you to share your thoughts,
anecdotes, questions, comments and suggestions; you can reach out to me
anytime at atobet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
To learn more, call us at 212.239.0205 or email Director of Public
Relations and Publications Amanda Tobet at atobet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
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