-Photo, Jeff Roffman
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|Photo - Brianne Turgeon|
Our invitation to Carnegie Hall, to be the centerpiece of the NYC Britten festival, was, in part, a nod to those historic Berlin performances. But, although the Philharmonie experience belongs in the Palace of Choral Experiences, the ASOC's reputation doesn't rest on a memory; it is built on solid choral discipline and musicianship, a commitment we renew each season. The chorus is much like the man poised beside Heraclitus' river: 'No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river, and he is not the same man.' We approach every work, new and familiar, with the same rigor, but with each subsequent performance, there is new intelligence, new subtext, new goals, all of which ignite a wholly different and exciting interpretation. Our understanding of this commitment keeps us moving forward as an entity, The fact is, we can still sing Britten's War Requiem as well as it can be sung by anybody ... but performing it with our own orchestra, and with Mr. Spano, was the opportunity to 'step into a new river', to deliver unique, memorable performances in both Atlanta and New York.
I see two forces illustrated here: the orchestra and its chorus have a responsibility to protect the cultural legacy founded here in Atlanta (invoking another spirit, that of Mr. Shaw). We also strive to surpass ourselves, which is, in the eyes of the world, a validation of how seriously we undertake that responsibility.
The ASO Carnegie Hall performance, under the direction of Mr. Spano, can be listened to here:
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ASOC Singers and Friends! Ever wonder how the ASO musicians feel about you? You are invited to find out!
The Peachtree String Quartet is performing at Eddie's Attic -- This Tuesday -- on Feb 12 ... featuring music from all the 'Killer Bees' (see flyer below). Of particular interest to the singer-persuasion is a sing-along medley of Beatle songs, dedicated to the group who has always stood -- literally and figuratively -- behind the orchestra: the mighty ASO Chorus.
So brush up on your Rubber Soul and come out for a great night of music.