News and Upcoming Events
Coming Fall 2021: Sabbatical!
After 12 years as department chair, a much needed semester of time for personal scholarship and development. On the menu:
Learning all of the chant nusach and Torah trope formulas for High Holidays, the Megillot, and at least one ethnic Torah trope. This will cap off with an extended stay in Israel to immerse in local musical life.
Doing a deep study of the life and works of William Grant Still and develop collaborative projects with the Still organization.
Preparing and conducting a performance of La Boheme with my great musical friends and colleagues Francesca Aguado, Nicholas Simpson, and others.
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
The FSO just wrapped up its final recording for its online concert series, put into place to keep the music alive during the COVID-19 emergency. It has been truly gratifying to see these musicians rise to the occasion with such class and superb music-making. On the ticket for this last performance are works for strings by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Elgar, and Janacek.
We kept the music alive during the pandemic, and but now it's time to get back onto stage before a live audience. The FSO will pick up the baton again where it left off, with an ambitious season ahead of us. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Dvorak's 8th Symphony are on the season. Most exciting is that we will be picking up Mahler's Symphony No. 4 again, which was one short rehearsal away from its performance when things got shut down by the Corona virus. This time we will give soprano Francesca Aguado even more to do by adding Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs to the program. In his typical spirit of trust and generosity, my great friend and colleague, Maestro Glenn Quader will be handing the baton over to me on the Strauss!!
In June I was honored to lead the Camerata in the FSO's first live concert in a year and a half. We performed at the Sky Stage before an audience of 100 enthusiastic concert-goers in a special program for the Frederick Festival of the Arts. On the concert: movements from Still's Danzas de Panama, Britten's Simple Symphony, Elgar's Serenade for Strings, and a beautiful rendition of Gliere's "Phoenix" Adagio, arranged for strings and alto sax and performed by our own Bob Renshaw. A future program will feature Bob's Fantastick Symphony, an orchestral reworking of numbers from the famous musical.
Read more about the Camerata in this nice article from a pre-pandemic edition of the Frederick News Post!