Friday, March 31, 2006
The way Buckhorn High School came by its name is a classical story with many variations and a few authentic facts. The most likely story is as follows: The old Buckhorn Tavern stood in the triangle formed by the old Winchester road, now New Market Pike, and the Deposit road. Buckhorn Tavern was one of the oldest in the country and a popular stagecoach stop, dating back to the days when it was a part of the Mississippi Territory. Andrew Jackson was often a visitor and a guest of the old tavern. We are told that a deer was killed by a young man, William L. Fanning. The horns were hung in the tavern and remained there until it was closed. Until this time the tavern had not been named. The natives and travelers who stopped by for refreshment at this wayside inn began calling it Buckhorn. Because of popular approval, the new high school erected on this site was named Buckhorn High School, The Fanning family gave the horns to the school. They have been mounted and now hang in the office of the principal.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
It's also a little ironic, though, 'cause she hasn't posted in 10 days . . compared to my 7. She might want to remember words like these . . . ouch this one really hurts.
At any rate, it's been a good break for me but a busy one. I've been busy recruiting singers from other schools and have really had alot of fun meeting new people.
Places I've been lately:
Oxford High School (AL)
Emma Sansom HS
Hazel Green HS
I'm hoping to hit a couple more over the next two days. There are great singers everywhere in this state. I'm hoping to add superb quality to our ranks. Next year looks great, the year after looks absolutely fantastic. I'm quite excited about what lies ahead.
Enjoy your break, the Mozart awaits us. And then, New York, for the group that is going.
And then . . . summer.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
If you are interested in a little vocal jazz, check out The Real Group. Awesome stuff. And here these songs.
God Only Knows
It Don't Mean a Thing
There Will Never Be Another You
Best CD that I know of: The Real Group: Nothing But the Real Group
Check it out!
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Don't miss this blog on Easter music.
It's just me, I know, but I'd rather do choir music for Good Friday than Easter anytime. So much Easter music is so simpleminded. Triumphalist. Full of trumpets and major triads and lilies and boy-isn't-this-pancake-breakfast-great.
But on Good Friday, we have to witness a terrible thing and see it as a good thing. "Dulce lignum, dulces clavos." Contradictory emotions are what music presents best. "O vos omnes" seems to bring out the best in composers in a way that "Now the green blade riseth" doesn't. Few composers can look at the Crucifixion and write something trite about it. Even the relentlessly cheerful Pergolesi managed to make an expressive masterwork out of the Stabat Mater. Is it an accident that Bach's St. Matthew Passion is the greatest work in the repertoire, while his Easter Oratorio is considered a minor work?
And for a translation of Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, look here.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Don't miss Keith's final two blogs. Can he really be leaving the blogging world? I think he's talking about us:
I was once a part of something larger than myself or anything I ever knew and I loved it. I was in a choir and there I learned what music truly means.Titles of Keith's last four posts:
- So Now I'm Going to Hell
- Farewell to B-A-R-B
- A Final Post
- A Final Thought
Sunday, March 19, 2006
If you can't see the second woman's face clearly, click here for a better look. It's hilarious.
(Dee, if you ever see this, forgive me.)
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Sándor Szokolay b. 1931
Ave Maris Stella
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
When I Bring #1 from "When I . . . "
Vytautas Miśkinis b.1954
When I Sing from "When I . . . "
Vytautas Miśkinis b.1954
When I Bring #2 from "When I . . . "
Vytautas Miśkinis b.1954
Over Hill, Over Dale
Four Shakespeare Songs (1984)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi b. 1963
Kondairaren Ihauterian: Dantza
Javier Busto b. 1949
Note: These are MP3's that I made from my meager audio equipment at home. I'll be submitting this DAT to our studio guy for a more professional production. The singing, however, is superb.
Friday, March 17, 2006
What I realized was that I can look at communication as a very musical aspect because music is based on communication. In UAB’s Concert Choir, we used to spend entire afternoons picking apart our music looking for deeper meanings and discussing different technical things we could do to relay exactly what we wanted to an audience who couldn’t see the music and hadn’t been in on our discussions. There were moments during our performances when it was evident that we’d done our job and everyone in the concert hall was “on the same page,” so to speak. Those moments were intimate and sometimes spiritual. Everyone wants to understand and be understood and when that happens, communication can be a beautiful thing.
Thanks, Jennifer. You are a special girl.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The name of the curse? LOST.
Nick became obsessed with it and then shared the DVD Season 1 with me. Now I can't get enough of it. The show keeps me up at night as I watch episode after episode after episode after episode.
Nick Cummins is a Cursed Man.
And now I am cursed.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
M&W&F,(Aug. 22-Dec. 14) 2:00PM-2:50PM HC 308
Tu&Th,(Aug. 22-Dec. 14) 2:00PM-3:15PM HC 308
I know that many of you know this already, but it just hit the online scheduling system: Choir has a new time next year.
Gone is the 3-day a week 2 hour per rehearsal. While that schedule had its benefits, it also had its problems. I don't need to tell you what they were, you know! Scheduling other classes around choir was an issue. A big issue.
This new schedule gives us 300 minutes (what I've identified as necessary for a successful choir).
- We rehearse every day, not three days a week.
- We rehearse on Mondays and Fridays (just spelling it out)
- (however, i'll likely do sectionals on Fridays--all men, all women, etc. or not have class on some Fridays)
- There will be no class conflict allowed.
I sometimes entertained myself trying to guess what was the last thing a conductor said to their group before they went onstage for a performance. Was it "Remember not to scratch your nose, and don't wave to the audience, and watch the conductor"? Was it "Tenors, if you miss that F sharp this time the bus is leaving without you tomorrow"? Was it "God is singing through you today"? Often you could tell by their faces as they entered.
Do you remember the last thing I said before ACDA?
I love that "God is singing through you today." Wish I'd thought of that.
It could have been: "Look like champions."
Or: "Basses, get that A or I'm going to go touchdown on your head."
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Barry seems to have had so much plastic surgery that he can't open his mouth very wide anymore.
He doesn't blink that often, either.
It seems to be a public TV fundraising concert.
If you get a chance, catch the show--or a little of it.
I used to like Barry but I think he's over the hill now. (sigh) Another one seems to have bitten the dust.
I intended to send this note sooner, but alas! the demands of work prevented it. I want to convey to you and the members of the UAB Concert Choir that the recent performance at the ACDA convention in WV was absolutely magnificent! Polished! Powerful! The audience agreed with me.
And we both know ACDA audiences are very difficult to please and impress. But that is exactly what the choir did!
Everything relating to the concert (literature and execution) was outstanding! It was one of those few times when I was actually proud to be an Alabamian! My best to you and the members of the Concert Choir!
Minister of Music/Composer in Residence
Auburn First Baptist Church
Wanted to keep you up-to-date on a couple of techs I'm following:
1. Origami Project: Microsoft's plan for the ultra mobile pc. Am I interested? yes. Here is a link to a high resolution image of a Samsung model.
2. Google Calendar: I've heard rumors of this for sometime; looks like it is finally going to arrive.
In other news . . .
3. It appears Lauren is coming home from Chile. I don't know what's up but I'm concerned. Keep Lauren in your prayers.
4. The girls are calling for some milk . . . I'll try to post later . . . as I am their parent and milk provider.
Airlines: Continental Airlines 18 passengers
Dep BHM on CO 2354 @ 3:30PM
Arr EWR @ 7:07PM
10 MAY 06
Dep EWR on CO 2756 @ 7:15PM
Arr BHM @ 8:55PM
2) Airlines: Continental Airlines 22 passengers
Dep BHM on CO 2625 @ 11:50AM
Arr IAH @ 1:39PM
06 MAY 06
Dep IAH on CO 62 @ 2:19PM
Arr EWR @ 7:01PM
Dep EWR on CO 411 @ 11:55AM
Arr IAH @ 2:46PM
Dep IAH on CO 2695 @ 3:340PM
Arr BHM @ 5:26PM
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The file was too large as a PDF so I turned it into 2 pictures available on Flickr.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I enjoyed hearing this group sing--the concert was very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed meeting the groups director, Mr. Frank Albinder. We had a chance to talk before their concert at South Highland and he has quite a resume:
Frank Albinder became the Music Director of the Washington Men's Camerata in the fall of 1999. He came to Washington, DC from San Francisco, where he spent eleven years as as singer in and the Associate Conductor of the a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer. He appears on 17 of the group's recordings, including Wondrous Love, which was recorded under his direction, and the Grammy Award-winning Colors of Love, for which he chose the repertoire and designed the concept. From 1984-88, Mr. Albinder was Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College in North Carolina, and he has conducted and sung in numerous festivals in the United States and abroad. He holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and master's degrees in both vocal performance and choral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Albinder also serves as Music Director of the Woodley Ensemble, an 18-voice professional, mixed chamber choir in Washington, DC and is Music Director designate of the University of Virginia Glee Club (the men's chorus of the University of Virginia).Best of luck to you in the rest of your tour. Thanks for a beautiful "Ave Maria" by Biebel.
Monday, March 06, 2006
International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition, Wernigerode, Germany
The colourful town on the foot of the Harz mountains, Wernigerode, is host to one of the most attractive MUSICA MUNDI competitions. The scenic town with its half-timbered architecture and one of the most beautiful market squares in Germany serves as the ideal background for this festival with its pleasant atmosphere. Apart from the actual competition, there is a wealth of encounter concerts, consultation sessions and opportunities for concerts. This competition takes place every two years.
Two glee clubs are visiting Birmingham.
The first, from the University of Virginia, is at South Highland Presbyterian Church tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
The second is the Harvard Glee Club:
The Harvard University Glee Club, America's oldest college chorus, will sing at Indian Springs School on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert, which will be in the school's concert hall, are $25 for premium tickets, $10 for regular admission and $5 for students. Call 226-8707 for tickets and information.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Both groups have talented directors. I'm very glad that I have the talent I have in front of me this year.
At All-State, I began focusing on building next year's group. I'll be bringing you into that very soon--Whitney has already been a big help by telling her "Bob Jones" choir friends about her experiences at UAB. That's what we need from the rest of you . . . word of mouth reports about your experiences at UAB. There are people we need! Let's go get them.
Friday, March 03, 2006
It's a great time for recruiting--and also a great time for a little choir vacation. I've enjoyed the respite from choir this week but I'm looking forward to being in rehearsal again soon.
Up next: some recording time, some old favorites, some standards of the repertoire.