One of my great joys is to produce music for choirs to sing – and from the sound of this, Cantori Domino is enjoying singing it, too!
Be sure to mark this concert on your calendar – December 8, 2013, at 4 pm, at St. Augustine by-the-Sea, 1227 Fourth Street, Santa Monica.
You can find a special ticket offer, and be sure to visit Facebook for more previews and fun information.
I’ll be there, playing the organ and accompanying this great group. See you Sunday!
(yes, there I go, walking in front of the camera, to get the full effect of hearing from out in the audience)
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
One of the many things I am thankful for is you, my readers - Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Thank you to all my colleagues who have responded so generously to this survey! What do you think choir membership looks like nationwide? And what’s the best way to bring in new people? And how many of your church members actually show up on any given Sunday?
Some very rough preliminary results are on the Survey page of my site here, – here’s the link! It’s getting more and more interesting… Again, thank you to all!
Today, November 22, is the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, who many (including me) consider the greatest English composer of the 20th century. NPR has a wonderful short article about him. Do give a listen to the Serenade and War Requiem excerpts, and if that’s not enough, try the Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes – just about my favorite orchestral music! Happy Birthday, Ben!
Metrics. They’re all around us. Why? Because we can – computers make it easy.
That’s why I put together this quick 10-question survey for church musicians.
Let’s see if choir numbers and congregation numbers are related. More responses = more accuracy. It takes 5 minutes to fill it out, and once enough responses are in (hint: you can forward the survey to people I might not know), you’ll see a report here!
With much appreciation and thanks,
Here’s the link again: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJHTMXW
It’s always a pleasure to drive up the beautiful coast to play at Trinity Church, Santa Barbara.
And it was gratifying that more than 100 people came out on Sunday to hear music by Bach, Gigout and others – and my trademark encore, my arrangement of the theme song from TV’s Zorro. (Here’s the program if you’d like to see what I played.)
One audience member had even heard me in York last July, where he said he had gone to our first Evensong and returned to the others to hear my postludes!
Emma Lou Diemer was there, too, and we had a wonderful talk. Carolyn and David Gell are always the most gracious of hosts with equally interesting guests.
Sometimes I envy violinists and others who carry their own instruments. But that wouldn’t give the same sense of musical discovery as when I get to really explore what a different organ can do. The new organ console at Trinity (new for an organ – 2006) really allowed me to bring out some special Ray Urwin-type colors in the pieces.
Thanks again to David and all at Trinity, as well as the wonderful audience!
I’m excited to have been asked by my good friend David Gell, Organist at Trinity Church in Santa Barbara, to play on their concert series. It’s been several years since I last played there, and I’m delighted and looking forward to it very much. The concert is this Sunday, November 17, at 5:00 pm.
I’ll be playing music by Bach, Britten (it’s his 100th birthday in a few days!), Widor, Gigout, Hampton, and others in an hour-long program. Trinity is at 1500 State Street and has a wonderful organ and acoustic. Do come if you’re in the area!