Monday, October 14, 2019

Meet Donald Nally and The Crossing!

If you’re a regular listener to 90.9 WGUC’s New at Noon, then you’ve likely heard a few selections recently from Donald Nally and The Crossing. Donald Nally is the former Music Director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and a CCM graduate. He now leads the Grammy award-winning ensemble The Crossing. Based out of Philadelphia, The Crossing is a professional chamber choir known for commissioning and performing new music. With the recent release of their performance of Kile Smith’s The Arc in the Sky, I had the opportunity to chat with Donald about how this collaboration came about.

He went on to explain what audiences should listen for in The Arc in the Sky.

It is interesting how The Crossing first came to be.

They have a full schedule this season.

Free time is hard to come by for Donald.

If you haven’t already, check out The Crossing – especially if you enjoy newly-composed choral music!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

90.9 WGUC Presents the May Festival

Each October 90.9 WGUC broadcasts the most recent season from the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus on Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. Were you able to attend any of their performances this past spring? If not, be sure to join us each Sunday this month for outstanding performances of Bach, Brahms, Mahler, and more. If you were able to attend, this is your chance to relive the experience!

October 6 (Concert Date: May 17, 2019)
Juanjo Mena, conductor; Roomful of Teeth; Rod Gilfry, baritone; May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

BRAHMS: Schicksalslied
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toward the Unknown Region
MARK SIMPSON: The Immortal

October 13 (Concert Date: May 18, 2019)
Sir James MacMillan, conductor; Lauren Michelle, soprano; May Festival Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

JAMES MACMILLAN: Seven Last Words from the Cross

October 20 (Concert Date: May 24, 2019)
James Conlon, conductor; Morris Robinson, bass; Sarah Vautour, soprano; Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano; Richard Trey Smagur, tenor; Donnie Ray Albert, baritone; Michael Young, baritone; May Festival Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Cincinnati Youth Choir

MAHLER: Das klagende Lied
BOITO: Prologue from Mefistofele
MUSSORGSKY: Prologue and Farewell from Boris Godunov

October 27 (Concert Date: May 25, 2019)
Juanjo Mena, conductor; Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Werner Güra, tenor; Ben Bliss, tenor; James Newby, baritone; Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass-baritone; May Festival Chorus and Youth Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

BACH: St. Matthew Passion

Monday, September 30, 2019

Get to Know New York Polyphony

Two-time Grammy-nominated male vocal quartet New York Polyphony released their latest album on September 6. You may have heard it featured on 90.9 WGUC’s New at Noon! Whether you think you enjoy Renaissance vocal music or not, you must give this album a listen. It features music by a few composers you’ve likely never heard of, but should get to know – Francisco de Peñalosa, Francisco Guerrero, and Pedro de Escobar. Just days before the release, I had the opportunity to chat with the group’s bass singer, Craig Phillips. He told me how this album came about:

He went on to explain why the composers on this album are frequently overlooked:

I asked him how New York Polyphony attempts to gain interest among the younger generation in this less-than-mainstream music.

The origins of New York Polyphony sort of happened by accident:

The group has a few favorite composers to perform:

You may be wondering what’s next on the agenda for New York Polyphony. They have a busy and exciting year ahead!

If you frequently read Clef Notes, you may recall that I enjoy asking the people I interview what they like to do in their free time. I must say that Craig Phillips has the best answer so far!

Be sure to tune to 90.9 WGUC for more from New York Polyphony!