Greetings, dear readers!
The first half of this year holds a few really interesting pieces, including one piece that's new to me, however the text is not.
I'm joining the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls for the Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater in April, and while I've sung the text of the Stabat Mater countless times, it is the first time that I've sung a Pärt piece solo.
So far I think it will be a new and different experience from any other Stabat Mater I've sung.
On the same program I'll be singing the Mozart Requiem, which was one of the first pieces I ever sang professionally and you might remember that I when I sang it in Milwaukee, it was televised live on Wisconsin Public Television. That was this performance here.
In a few weeks I'll be singing my very first Heinrich Schütz duet! Heinrich Schütz was a German composer who wrote a lot of vocal music and the text painting he employed in "Habe deine Lust an den Herren" SWV311 is so perfect it's quite entertaining.
One of the best parts goes like this: