With great pleasure I share news of the repertoire we will perform together in our Hong Kong and Beijing Choral Festival,
I am combining some of North America’s best-loved music with the fantastic singers you have in your ensembles and creating exciting opportunities for musical sharing and cultural exchange together with the many new friends we will make along the way.
For the combined choirs portion of our
Festival performances, we will perform the following:
Randall Thompson’s 1959 setting of poetry by Robert Frost. These seven short movements feature Frost’s uniquely American vision in some of his greatest poems ever, including “The Road Not Taken” and “Choose Something Like a Star.” Evocatively scored for piano mixed chorus (with several movements for SSA/TTBB alone), these works will give us a chance to feature the talents of your singers in the Festival Chorus setting.
For our concert closers, we will feature two of the greatest loved African-American spirituals: AIN'A THAT GOOD NEWS
and THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD,
both by arranger William L. Dawson.
You will also be invited to sing in your own right in the 1st half of the gala concert as well as in individual concerts as requested.
As we know from experience, our tour audiences are always thrilled to experience beautiful American music from American choirs. I look forward to this unique chance to share some of our best loved choral works together and with our new friends in Hong Kong and Beijing.
As you can see, this Festival tour
offers incredible opportunities for cultural immersion, sharing and mutual understanding. Beijing and Hong Kong boast many fine venues, outstanding ensembles not to mention the food and informative touring opportunities. Following our rehearsal and concert program in Beijing, I am inviting choirs to visit Hong Kong where I teach and conduct regularly. It will be a great joy for me to combine US choristers with my many singing friends in Hong Kong for this festival finale.
Both Beijing and Hong Kong represent very different pieces of the Chinese mosaic and, understanding both, helps understand a great deal about the China of tomorrow. Please consider joining me on a fun, educational, safe and very musical program in two of the great cities of Asia.
Dr. Eric Stark