Why am I so excited?
The past 7 or 8 months have been unique in our lifetimes. Semi-isolation, inability to gather to make music, no hugging friends outside of the immediate bubble … but also far less time in the car, more home cooked meals, more time to read, meditate, etc.
And now, thanks to the many of you who stepped up to help fund some new music, Volti has been able to commission four wonderful composers — Anne Hege, Danny Clay, Joel Chapman, and Pamela Z – to create music especially designed for online rehearsal and presentation.
Anne Hege’s “it sounds like all my dreams” premiered online on November 21, a wonderful experience enjoyed by one of the largest Volti audiences ever. Danny Clay is currently rehearsing his new piece with the singers. I attend rehearsals and watch these composers weave compositional ideas and technology into something that I can see will result in very interesting performance outcomes.
I watch the upwellings of creativity, the enormous enthusiasm of composers and singers, and dare I say it, love, and I come away uplifted and full of admiration for Anne, Danny and the superb singers of Volti.
AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS WHY I’M SO EXCITED.
Please join us for the premiere and Danny Clay’s “Singing Puzzles” on December 19. New works from Joel Chapman and Pamela Z will be coming up in 2021.
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We are excited to bring you new music again! Click here to find out about our next online concert.
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