Happy Holidays from the Family of FAYM
“I am compelled to write a public letter of gratitude to Claudia Rivera for her work as President, and her continued work as Past President. FAYM's Violins for Programs has faced many, many changes in its 11 years and the growth has been spectacular. Under Claudia's watch we grew from:
20 hours of classes a week to 27 hours
1 class of mariachi to 3
1 orchestra to 2.5 (counting Chris Bonds class as the half:)
Added additional performance opportunities
Transitioned to a new system during a pandemic
So, from All of us at FAYM....Thank you for keeping the music alive for our youngsters during this most uncertain year. We ask that you consider making a modest gift this holiday season, so that 2021 can be the best year yet for them: https://thefaym.org/donate
--Tim Thomas, FAYM Program Coordinator
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Presents Babylon
As the 450th anniversary year of the great Jewish-Italian composer Salomone Rossi (1570-1630) draws to a close, we proudly present Babylon, a new video release featuring actor Ezra Knight, the Kaleidoscope Ensemble, the Bacchus Consort, Jessica Goul,d and Lucas Harris, plus archival audio of The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, and a world premiere by Brandon Waddles (b. 1988).
"There our captors asked us for songs...
By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
For there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’”
The text of Psalm 137 resonates as strongly today as it did for previous generations, and as a year of turmoil and loss draws to a close, a musical anniversary inspires us with light.
The 450th birthday of the Jewish-Italian composer Salamone Rossi gives cause to reflect on an innovative figure who flourished during a dark time of plague and marginalization. Rossi revolutionized the music of both Jew and Gentile, ushering forward his art form while cautiously traversing the two worlds of Ghetto and Palazzo. He very likely died in a plague that swept Mantua in 1630, but not before leaving his mark on the music of both his own community and that of the dominant culture he served.
For more detailed information on the project, click to read the program notes: https://www.exquisitepandemic.com/jessica-gould
What does polyphony have to do with diasporas? Click to hear the answer and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swgAV4bAGIw&feature=youtu.be
The Crossing Releases New Film, You can Plan on Me, Focusing on the Experience of Aloneness
Today, Grammy-winning new music choir The Crossing releases a new film, You can Plan on Me, a reflective new composition based on works from their long history of commissioned world premieres. The project is conceived by conductor Donald Nally, who also composed the film score, largely based on Aaron Helgeson's A way far home, which was written for and premiered by The Crossing in December 2017. The film is by Luke Carpenter and Emma Oehlers, with The Crossing’s in-house sound producer Paul Vazquez and assistance to the score and sound by Kevin Vondrak. The work is dedicated to the artists of The Crossing in isolation.
The 2020 iteration of The Crossing @ Christmas, an annual Philadelphia tradition, was set to feature the world premiere of a new work by composer Matana Roberts, "we got time.," a piece that honors the life of Breonna Taylor. Though conceived to be performed outside and socially distanced, recent safety restrictions in Philadelphia caused the postponement of that concert to The Crossing's annual Month of Moderns in June 2021. In its place, The Crossing releases You can Plan on Me, a film requiring no contact nor gathering. The film also serves as this year's Jeffrey Dinsmore Memorial Concert, which has for six years been celebrated at The Crossing @ Christmas.
Like all the pandemic-time creations of The Crossing, You can Plan on Me focuses on the experience of aloneness, of not being able to do the thing we love and rely on. In The Crossing's case, that is singing. Thus, the film content: a solitary figure in a candle-lit room sits at a table reminiscing. We join her as observers, while hearing the soundtrack in her mind. That soundtrack was recorded by the singers individually, at home on their phones, and assembled by Paul Vazquez.
Watch You can Plan on Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0xvnEIKhxE
Learn more at https://www.crossingchoir.org/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Joyce DiDonato Sings "Silent Night"
On behalf of Princeton University Concerts, I hope you will enjoy this music video featuring opera star Joyce DiDonato singing a special arrangement of "Silent Night," as a special holiday treat from Princeton University Concerts and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan (UMS).
As Joyce puts it so beautifully: “As we come to the conclusion of 2020, I want to sing this song for you...to infuse in your heart a sense of peace.” This is the second installment of our “Sing for Today” initiative, a partnership with the UMS that features responses to global events through song.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk2aQSP9Mi8&feature=youtu.be
Happy listening, and happy holidays to you and yours!
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts
Mozaic Moment - Brahms Piano Quartet
In today's Mozaic Moment, let's rewind to a performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor from the 2016 summer festival. Johannes Brahms was famously in love with Robert Schumann's wife, Clara. Robert Schumann often used five notes to signify the five letters of the word "Clara" in many of his works. Brahms appropriated a variation of those notes in this work which can be heard throughout the piece.
We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season!
Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwNKA7mnjdc&feature=youtu.be&linkNum=5&campaignID=395892&patronID=1234665928&memberID=0f7e312e9448e6fed7cbc52ad891b3d
--Scott Yoo, Festival Mozaic
SOLI Chamber Ensemble: Wishing You Peace and Joy This Season
This year, more than ever, SOLI is deeply grateful to the many individuals, foundations, and entities who have supported our mission and vision of bringing new contemporary classical music to life. We invite you to watch this performance by our own Carolyn True and enjoy a few minutes of peace and solitude in the midst of the season's rush and jumble.
Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U1WIf4LwbI&feature=youtu.be
SOLI wishes you and your family a peaceful holiday season.
Support SOLI today: https://www.solichamberensemble.com/donate/
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble
YPC Is Learning...
There is learning...
... to establish a foundation of musical skills for every singer.
... to discover how to warm up your voice and your body.
...to develop skills in rhythm, melody, score navigation, and musical literacy.
... to perform across all genres at the highest level.
... to create a lifelong passion for music.
This is YPC, In the Key of Love.
The Young People's Chorus of New York City has nearly 2,000 choristers participating in our online programs this year. This tells us that YPC is still needed. And that YPC still needs you.
Please consider donating to YPC to support LEARNING for our choristers: https://ypc.org/in-the-key-of-love/ - donate
--Young People’s Chorus of New York City