Artistic Director Matthew Culloton led The Singers in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil
MINNEAPOLIS – July 2, 2016 – Led by Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, The Singers returned to the renowned Ravinia Festival on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. This marked the ensemble’s fourth performance at Ravinia since their debut there in 2013. “It is by far one of our biggest honors to be invited to again perform at the Ravinia Festival,” says Culloton. “To take part in one of the country’s most-respected music festivals is not something we take for granted.”
The Ravinia Festival is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and this summer plays host to international superstars like Midori, Chanticleer, Itzhak Perlman, Paul Simon, and Tony Bennett.
The Singers’ performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers, op. 37) was part of an evening that honored the centennial of the birth of American choral champion Robert Shaw. Earlier in the evening, prior to The Singers’ performance, a new film on Shaw was presented, highlighting the impact the maestro had on choral music across the world. Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil was recorded by Shaw and his choir, and the work’s lasting beauty held special meaning to him in his last years.
The Singers just wrapped their 12th season, and have made a lasting impact on the choral scene through concerts, recordings, and special attention to the music of today’s composers.
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The Singers’ organization would like to thank Dr. René Clausen for sharing his time with us during the Festival that occurred on February 19-21. We had 400 high school choirs participating in the opening event, a day of great music-making at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Nearly 200 community members participated in the Friday night Community Sing event, singing some of Dr. Clausen’s most memorable and beloved works under his direction. The final concert featured The Singers and a concert of works written between 1977 and today. It was especially exciting that two of the works were that night heard by the composer for the very first time – and both were written back in the 1990s!
We would like to thank all of our gracious venue hosts at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (Mahtomedi), First Lutheran Church (Columbia Heights), and The House of Hope Presbyterian Church (St. Paul). Videos of the concert were captured by Ken Fitzer (You Tube: Maestroz25), and audio captured by David Trembley (Soundmaster Pro).
We also would like to thank the six participating choirs from Andover H.S. (Melanie Kjellberg), Anoka H.S. (Michelle Hayes), Buffalo H.S. (Michael Walsh), East Ridge H.S. (Liz Gullick), Mounds View H.S. (David Phelps), and Southwest H.S. (Nathan Knoll).