"Countertenor Thomas Aláan simply stole the show with his unearthly round tone and singular power."
- Communities Digital News
- Chicago Tribune
What's Sunday without an afternoon concert? My partner in crime at Holy Name Cathedral, organist David Jonies, and I explored sacred music of the Romantic period, inclduing works by Dvořák, Rheinberger, and Vaughn Williams in the lovely St. Chrysostom's Church.
Last night was the UIC Choral Masterworks performance of the Mozart Coronation Mass and the Vivaldi Magnificat. I sang for some great conductors; alongside terrific soloists and a brilliant orchestra; and with a whole lot of college student singers!
Today, I had a great adventure with two of my favorite colleagues, Brandi Berry (violin) and David Jonies (organ), as we explored a short but (in my opinion) very profound concert with a very friendly crowd at the Catholic cathedral in Milwaukee, St. John the Evangelist.
My Women's Schola was thrilled to sing for his first ever Easter Vigil Mass at the cathedral! The ladies brought down the house with some Bach, Proulx, and a new jazzy musical arrangement by Ricardo Ramirez, Director of Music (and my boss!); with one epic brass quintet; and my incredibly talented colleague, David Jonies, on organ.
I was excited to step in at the last minute for my first ever Bach B Minor Mass last weekend. I have never been called in at last minute to substitute for an ill singer, let alone on music that I needed to learn in a hurry, so it was a great professional experience for me... and, I now have a whole new role (and a great new aria--"Laudamus te")!
For the majority of the civilized world that was not able to join me and my colleagues earlier this month for the performance of the Pärt and Pergolesi settings of the Stabat mater, never fear. We know you would have rather been with us than wherever you actually were. :)