In 2011, the Philadelphia-based, South-Africa born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke released his fourth album, The Plague,with much fanfare, including a live interview and performance on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, and lots of coverage on WXPN. Fast forward to 2015, when he's approached by Matthew Glandorf, artistic director of Choral Arts Philadelphia, with an idea.
The lullaby of Broadway is turning into more of a mid-evening serenade. Performance times for theater and classical music are shifting, and getting earlier all the time. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns, it's not just a matter of time slots. It's a lot about us - and technology.
The early 19th-century Italian composer Giochino Rossini composed nearly 40 operas before he turned 40. Later in life, he turned to other forms. And near the end of his life, he wrote a solemn mass for the dedication of a private chapel. As two local ensembles prepare performances, WRTI’s Susan Lewis explores Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Lewis: In some ways, the work summarizes Rossini’s entire art, says Matthew Glandorf, artistic director of Choral Arts Philadelphia.
Glandorf : You get these beautiful, lovely, soaring, natural melodies that you would know from his operas, but you also see somebody who has an absolute mastery of interesting harmonies.
Lewis: Glandorf says you can see that Rossini was studying the music of his contemporaries.
Glandorf: Or shall we even say possibly the next generation. You really find that he's saying, hey look, I can also compose a fugue like the best of them....
Lewis: Choral Arts will perform the work on Saturday, February 9th and is engaging soloists who specialize in period vocal performance, among them Julianne Baird.
Lewis: Another interpretation will be offered later this month by the Philadelphia Singers, which Glandorf welcomes.
Glandorf: I’m hoping that that might open up a dialogue to say there are infinite number of possibilities to approach the interpretation of music, and actually that its radical to approach music differently.
Choral Arts Philadelphia Artistic Director Matthew Glandorf talks with Susan Lewis about the significance of this sacred work.
Listen on Sunday, December 9th, 5 to 6 pm for Choral Arts Philadelphia's very first concert broadcast on WRTI. This distinguished chorus, now celebrating its 30-year anniversary, transports listeners into immersive musical experiences of bygone days by reproducing the original instrumental and vocal practices that have marked the history of music.
The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, and a special Hanukkah Cantata by local composer David Ludwig. Music Director Matthew Glandorf conducts.