Sunday, March 24, 2013

Way to go, Una Vocis

It's a little late to arrange transportation I suppose, but Una Vocis, north Iowa's premiere vocal ensemble, will perform the music of Eric Whitacre at 8:30 this evening on the Perelman Stage, Stern Auditorium, at Carnegie Hall.

So you go my friends Judy (third from right front row) and Holly (second row with white hair roughly in the middle). Rod, too, and George --- and everybody else.

What a wonderful day for this group of exceptionally talented and hard-working people. Here's a clip of Una Vocis world premiering the SATB choral setting of Whitacre's Goodnight Moon at Holy Family Church in Mason City last July.


Speaking of music, another of my favorite groups --- New York Polyphony --- has been making its German premiere this week by celebrating, among other things, the 328th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Among the pieces performed, beyond Bach, was Gregory W. Brown's Missa Charles Darwin, based on the traditional Mass setting but substituting texts from Charles Darwin including exerpts from On The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man and correspondence. What a wonderful idea. Here's the Kyrie.


And finally, I got up on this snowy Palm Sunday morning in Iowa to this little video. Golly, what a great way to start the day. Now repeat after me, the seventh Unitarian Universalist principle: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are (only) a part."

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