Happy first day of autumn

September 22, 2016


Some beautiful music for Sunday

October 11, 2015


Happy first day of autumn

September 23, 2015


Some beautiful music for Sunday

October 5, 2014

In music, as in politics and religion, I tend to be an uptight traditionalist, which explains why I don’t care for most modern music. But I make an exception for the music of Eric Whitacre, whose compositions for voice, choir, orchestra, and various instrumental ensembles prove that “modern” does not have to mean discordant, vulgar, transgressive, profane, disturbing, or ugly. Whitacre composed “October,” a short piece for concert band, in 2000. Here it is, performed by the Emory Wind Ensemble:

Eleven years after its composition, Whitacre reworked “October” into a choral piece, “Alleluia.” Here it is, sung by a gentleman whose virtuosity and vocal range are nothing short of astonishing:


Happy first day of autumn

September 22, 2012


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