In February, VCU Commonwealth Singers travelled to NYC to sing . . . well . . . just about everywhere! We started at 7am (!) on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Richmond with a beautiful coach and enough water to hydrate a chorus of 35. Our final destination was Carnegie Hall, but along the way, we sang roughly 5 (or so) concerts, met some great high school students, and had some time to enjoy NYC!
On the way up, we stopped at two high schools - Mountain View High School in Stafford, VA and Baltimore School for the Arts. We sang our a cappella repertoire and told the good news of VCU Music.
Friday was a musically fulfilling day - beginning with a marathon rehearsal on Poulenc's Gloria with a large chorus comprised of singers from Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Wales. This is the group that joined us for our Carnegie Hall concert as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) concert series. We had the great opportunity to spend an hour singing in the stunning Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square. And, of course, we couldn't resist staging a flashmob on the steps in Times Square. After this, the students had the rest of the day and evening to explore while Dr. Freeman (stressed out?) prepared for rehearsal with the DCINY orchestra.
Saturday began with a self guided tour of Lincoln Center - home of the Metropolitan Opera, the NYPhilharmonic, and NYC Ballet. We had more DCINY rehearsal, and then we headed straight to Redeemer Presbyterian Church - where Tom Jennings, a VCU Music alumnus, is music director. The space was stunning - a former parking garage turned recital hall/worship space. Recordings of this concert coming soon!
Sunday. Finally, we got to Carnegie Hall! Rehearsal in the morning and a concert in the afternoon. The space, the acoustics, and the history helped us perform our best.
Part 2 (with recordings!) coming soon.
Each year, VCU Opera presents a full staged opera with live orchestra accompaniment and spectacular wigs and costumes. This year, VCU Opera will present a double bill of works by Giocomo Puccini - the tragic Suor Angelica and the hilarious Gianni Schicchi. Mark your calendars now for April 29 and 30.
Enjoy these pictures from VCU Opera's last production of this powerful and delightful double bill.
On Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm, VCU choral ensembles will bring to life the words of Shakespeare and celebrate his legacy in a few unexpected ways.
Shakespeare wrote "If music be the food of love, play on!" Well, we will be singing on, as our choral ensembles present music by Shakespeare's contemporaries Claudio Monteverdi and Thomas Tallis, selections from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and even vocal jazz settings of the Bard's stunning texts.
And, speaking of food, the ACDA student chapter at VCU will be hosting a post-concert reception!
FOOD and MUSIC! What's not to love? Shakespeare would be proud!
Tickets are free for VCU students with ID an only $7 for non-students when purchased in advance!
Location: Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.
On Thursday, November 17, four members of the US Army Chorus took time out of their busy schedule to visit VCU's Vocal Chamber Ensemble class. After performing three selections for the students and enjoying a return performance by the students, the US Army Chorus members sat with the students, answering questions and describing their life of service to their country through vocal and musical skills.