Conspirare’s anticipated comPassion festival is quickly approaching! The festival is an opportunity for us to engage in a Great Conversation – a vibrant exchange and a meaningful dialogue with beautiful, important works of art and with each other. The musical performances are the core of our exploration together, the “fire around which we gather.” In addition, we are opening our doors to all kinds of opportunities for you to come closer to the music – open rehearsals, pre-concert talks, a post-concert conversation, forums for the creation of new Passion settings, workshop readings of a provocative new work, and a CD release party (complete with ice cream from Amy’s!). This is all in addition to the one-on-one conversations we hope you will enjoy with other listeners, with Conspirare musicians, with composers and colleagues, and with me. I am keenly interested in listening to this music together and then learning from your perspective – What do you hear? What do you experience? As we prepare for these days of listening and dialogue, I invite you to begin to engage in the Great Conversation both here at Inspire and on Conspirare’s Facebook page. We will share stories from artists, patrons, and others as the festival approaches, and this conversation will not be complete without your voice. Please share your thoughts!
To get things rolling, here are some thoughts that folks from around the country (including a few Conspirare singers!) shared in a recent Facebook post when asked what is their favorite movement of the Bach St. Matthew Passion:
Laura Mercado-Wright: “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein.” One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.
Tracy Shirk: Having sung the Evangelist in my youth 2 or 3 times, once in English, I love the drama encased in the relatively short passages. So difficult to make sound so simple.
Mark Shapiro: “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein.” Ineffable.
Angela Young Smucker: High drama – Turba chorus: Barabam! moment… Stills spooks me/gives me goose bumps. Soul-soothing – Solo violin in “Erbarme dich.”
Jerry Blackstone: “Mache dich” tears my heart out every time; and the final chorus is incomparable.