Program Notes For “The Monster”
This new work, composed by Duncan Neilson, tells the story of Frankenstein’s monster from the perspective of the creature himself, with text extracted from Mary Shelly’s classic novel. Listen to a special presentation of “The Monster,” Saturday, October 31, at 8:00 PM, recorded in March 2020 by the Walla Walla Symphony and Whitman College Chamber Singers, Yaacov Bergman music director and conductor. Download program notes here.
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BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, And A Half-Dozen Revolutions
LaFarge’s Chopin journey began with an email to the creator of the video game “Frederic: The Resurrection of Music” during the 200th anniversary year of Chopin’s birth. An amateur pianist, she wanted to explore the game’s use of Chopin’s iconic “funeral march.” Of course, like all explorers, she couldn’t stop there. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, And A Half-Dozen Revolutions
Can singing in harmony fix our broken world? If you’ve sung in a chorus, perhaps you’ve felt it can. You’re not alone. Watch this presentation by the award-winning ensemble The King’s Singers, making the case for the choral community’s duty to help heal our fractured societies. It’s from the Chorus America Virtual Conference in 2020. Continue Reading A Study By Chorus America Struck A Chord With The King’s Singers