March 14, 2017 at 11:07 pm #535370
Shannon Jeanette ArnoldParticipant
So we just recently had some disappointing results at our FL District MPAs this past week. In my four years at my high school, we’ve only ever not gone to State with the advanced SATB group my first year and now again this year. While my women are attending State, the SATB group is now really only preparing for our MIOS performance with the county and our spring concert. This brings me to the topic of my post:
I don’t generally do themed concerts, but because we have so much time to prep, I’m thinking it might be appropriate. What suggestions do you have for a high school concert theme? And going along with that, what repertoire suggestions do you have for this theme? My group is pretty good, we didn’t perform that way last week, but they are capable of decently difficult high school repertoire. We can perform religious music at my school without any problems. I also like to make sure I’m hitting most of the significant time periods in any concert I program.
I’d like to be clear that I do not want a stereotypical theme like love, music, etc. I’m also not fond of concerts that are themed based on one of the pieces being performed, but I could be persuaded if it were the right piece.
So in short, my question is: What suggested themes do you have? And what music do you have that fits in that theme?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help!March 15, 2017 at 12:19 am #535385
Michael A. GrayParticipant
Three Reincarnations by Samuel Barber.
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comMarch 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm #535397
Marie Grass AmentaModerator
When in doubt, I use choral settings of poetry. In fact several years ago, I had less men than I thought I would for a concert and programmed Vincent Persichetti’s settings of the poet, ee cummings (lower-case letters used on purpose). The Persichetti settings (their were four in the particular set I used) were in two parts, S/T and A/B so it didn’t matter how many basses I had. The piano accompaniment needs a really, REALLY good pianist. I also programmed several movements of “Frostiana” (again, you need a good pianist).
I think Shakespeare qualifies for poetry as well in this instance. Emma Lou Diemer’s “Three Madrigals” with text by The Bard was actually written for a HS choir and would fit.
I love “As Torrents in Summer” by Elgar with text by Longfellow. This is an unaccompanied movement from his oratorio, “The Conversion of St. Olaf” and is beautiful. Might be a bit difficult for HS kids but you never know!
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