Welcome back, dear Readers, and welcome to you Readers who are new to the NEC Chamber Singers blog Facing Front!
So many wonderful performances and opportunities are programmed for the NEC Choral Department this year, from a New England premiere of James Whitbourn’s “Annelies”, an Advent celebration of the music of Benjamin Britten, to several symphonic performances this spring, featuring works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, J.S. Bach and Brahms. Thousands of notes and just as many words in more than seven languages are on the docket of things to be learned and experienced for the 2013-14 season. I encourage you to become a regular follower of this blog as the Chamber Singers share their thoughts with you regarding the process and performance experience.
A new twist on the blog for the first half of this year will also highlight Chamber Singer opinions on “Desert Island Recordings.” Allow me to explain: the students were challenged to compose a voluntary blog entry that would share with you not only their experiences at the Conservatory, but also their most treasured 45-60 minutes of music. These 45-60 precious minutes are to encompass the only recordings they would be permitted to bring if they were stranded on a deserted tropical island (yes, they will have their playback device to enjoy those minutes!). I, for one, cannot wait to read/hear their choices! It is a common misconception that classical conservatory students only listen to classical music. I think the selections these students make will end up pleasantly surprising many!
We hope you enjoy the updates our NEC students will provide over the course of this new academic year. And don’t forget - you are ALWAYS welcome at our (wonderfully FREE) performances!
Erica J. Washburn
Director of Choral Activities
New England Conservatory