This week I am inspired by the beautiful singing and surroundings of the Berkshire Choral Festival here in Sheffield, MA, where I am guest conducting. I am working with a chorus of almost 200 singers from around the country (including Conspirare’s Bill and Lou Lasher, Helen and Bob Hays, and Fran and Larry Collmann) and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as we prepare Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Emily Lodine and Derek Chester (both Conspirators) are two of the soloists, and the other soloists are Kevin Deas and Mary Wilson. It’s a superb quartet! The level of commitment and engagement from the choir has resulted in exciting and touching music making that will linger on in our hearts for some time. And the venue — a hockey rink — has made it even more fun! This week also has me looking forward to sharing this Beethoven masterpiece with you, whether as singer or listener, next June. For now, I offer you this recording of Gloria from Missa Solemnis that I conducted in Houston’s Jones Hall with the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Conspirare, and the Victoria Bach Festival Chorus.
I hope you are finding and creating beautiful music this summer.