April 21, 2016 Newsletter

Type of post: Newsletter
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, Apr 20 2016
Hello Cappella members and families

Here is the second edition of the new Cappella newsletter. We continue our objective to share all Cappella news and ideas with all Cappella participants — that is, we want the Chamber folks to know what’s going on with Trebles, Cor Capriccio, Cor Cantabile, and summer camps and vice versa. But also, we want to engage readers with related news and interesting takes on the repertoire and on various forms of involvement — in other words, all things Cappella! This edition includes event announcements, a report with photos on the Treble Choir's appearance at the Bardavon, notes from a Chamber Choir member on two of the pieces that will be sung on May 15, and more. We're eager to hear from all our readers — send us your comments, suggestions, and news.


Artistic Director Christine Howlett has sent us the following announcement:
Worship Space Acoustics: The Sound of the Sacred 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:00pm 
Vassar College Chapel 

From clashing symbols to the whisper of burning incense,
sound is essential to the worship experience. This public lecture will explore how the architectural design of a worship space helps or hinders the way religious programming is experienced. Dr. David T. Bradley, associate professor of physics at Vassar College, will discuss how the sonic environment of a worship space affects the acoustics of spoken-word and music, paying particular attention to the acoustics of the Vassar Chapel. Additionally, he will examine the progression of acoustical design for worship spaces for a variety of religions over the past 30 years. Bradley will draw largely from the new book, Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design (Springer 2016), for which he served as the lead editor. A dessert reception in the Chapel Tower Room will follow the lecture.
Some Items to Contemplate and Enjoy
Who knows what lies in the mind of a talented composer? Chamber bass James Oppenheimer shared some thoughts and research on the composers from which we have chosen our spring program. Click here for some fascinating insights into the minds and motives of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Tallis.
As James describes in the preceding essay, with 40 parts divided into 8 choirs, the visual shape of the Thomas Tallis music is striking. His fellow bass Andrew Wack has converted the score into a graph that shows the movement of the music and the text from one choir to the next. You can get a better view of the graph by clicking here. (The bigger your monitor, the better!)
If you get the idea that from reading James's notes and Andrew's graph that there is a spatial component to Spem in Alium, you are correct! Artistic director Christine Howlet is arranging the choir on two separate levels inside the auditorium; and you will be able to hear the music move across and back and up and down. In short, a live listening experience that can't be duplicated in your living room. Come listen!
Cappella administrator Jane Podell sends us the following note and photos — Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, Vassar College Choir, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, under the baton of Randall Craig Fleischer, performed to a packed house, on Saturday, April 16th at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie.  Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish was featured with Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons narrating and the esteemed soprano Kelly Nassief as soloist. For the past few months, the Trebles worked hard on the Kaddish piece with CF Artistic Director Christine Howlett. She led them to an accomplished level that ultimately brought them to the Bardavon stage. Pictured at right: HVP Music Director Randall Fleischer poses with Treble singer Hailey after Saturday night’s performance.Below: Friday night rehearsal at the Bardavon with soloist Kelly Nassief and Randall Fleischer conducting.

Cappella Festiva Spring Concert and Gala

Tickets are now available for Cappella’s Spring concert, and Gala reception with silent auction. 

Cappella Festiva’s 40th anniversary concert is on May 15, 2016, 3pm, Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College. The Chamber and Treble Choirs bring our 40th anniversary season to a close with Tallis’s remarkable “Spem in alium” for 40 voices, a world premier of “Everyone Sang” by James Fitzwilliam, and Haydn’s joyful “Harmoniemesse” with orchestra.

The main fund-raising event for Cappella Festiva this year is our Gala Reception and Silent Auction on May 15, 2016, catered by Twisted Soul, at Vassar College. It takes place directly after the concert at the Vassar College Alumnae House

Combined tickets for the event are $100, which includes a ticket to the Spring Concert at 3pm, plus admission to the Gala Reception and Silent Auction.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the concert, or combined tickets for the entire event, go to: www.cappellafestiva.org

Gala Auction Items Wanted

We have assembled an impressive array of items for the baskets that will be auctioned at the Gala. Baskets will include wines and specialty items from local merchants, services and lessons from Cappella members and friends — even a barn dance! We can still use more auction items and would welcome your contribution — anything from a single basket item to a complete basket or cash. Contact Carolyn Reid at reid.carolyn.42@gmail.com for basket ideas or to contribute.

To solicit a contribution from a local merchant, you can show the Gala invitation, which you can download here: Gala Invitation PDF

Cappella Festival Summer Festival

Do you know a child who loves to sing? (or, are you a child who loves to sing?) Registration is now open for Cappella Festiva Summer Choral Festival, a unique artistic experience for young singers in the Hudson Valley. The Summer Festival is open to singers with unchanged voices who will be in grades 3-13 in Fall 2016. The Summer Festival runs from July 5-16, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Please help spread the word by telling every child you know who loves to sing (and who doesn’t?) about the Cappella Festiva Summer Choral Festival.

For more information, and for on-line registration, go to: http://www.cappellafestiva.org/dbpage.php?pg=summer_festival

Another way to support Cappella Festiva. When shopping online at Amazon.com, log in instead to smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2137912. (If you've never shopped Amazon.com before, you'll have to create an account at the point of log in.) Amazon donates .5% to a charity of your choice, in this case, Cappella Festiva! Every little penny adds up to useful dollars!
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