The Battle for the
Baton is over, and we thank all those who supported the CPC while joining in the fun of
choosing the conductor of the final number in the
concert. And the
winner is: BARBARA KELLNER! Congratulations
to Barbara and to all the voters.
The Singathon in the Mall on February 9
gave CPC a welcome opportunity to bring its music to a broader than
usual audience in an informal setting where questions were welcomed and
no restrictions were placed on how to listen, when to come, and when to
leave. It may well have been the first time for many of the young
children who were listening to actually hear quality
music in a quality performance. About 80 chorus members participated,
including all the Chamber Singers. This
link will tell you how to keep the
Singathon spirit alive.
Our season-ending concert, highlighting
music of Spain and Latin America, was welcomed by an enthusiastic
audience in the
Jim Rouse Theatre on Saturday, May 4. Barbara Renton's popular pre-concert lecture
reviewed the history of Spanish and Latin American music and the
contributions of the featured composers.
The CPC Chorus and Chamber Singers; Magdalena Duhagon,
classical guitarist; Laura Whittenberger, soprano; Kihyun Moon,
baritone; and James Farlow, tenor performed music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,
Alberto Grau, Javier Busto, Antonio Estevez, Ferenando Sor and others.
Jared Denhard began the concert with a pair of traditional Galician pipe
marches and the Lexington Brass offered many Spanish and Latin American
numbers throughout the evening. The suite for guitar and
soprano, Seguidillas Boleros by Fernando Sor, was of particular
note as Magdalena Duhagon and Laura Whittenberger achieved an exciting
blend of the underlying guitar and high soprano rhythms and melodies so
characteristic of Spanish music. Alison Gatwood gave evidence of the
popularity of Ernesto Lecuona's piano solo Malagueña Closing the
concert was the conducting debut of our Battle for Frances' Baton
winner, Barbara Kellner! An exciting conclusion for CPC's 36th season!
began with a sparkling
performance of Carmina Burana and continued with our annual
Messiah, in a performance which has been called spectacular by one
of our audience, both of these in the Jim Rouse Theatre. A week later
came the annual Noël, sung by the Chamber Singers in the more
intimate surroundings of Christ Episcopal Church, and then on the
appropriate evening, the New Year's Eve Soirée in an even more intimate
and private setting. Singathon came to the Mall in Columbia in
early February, with both the CPC Chorus and Chamber Singers sharing the
day with soloists Alison Gatwood and Robert Barnett and a constantly
changing audience of shoppers enjoying a respite from their travails.
Lots of children, many of whom seemed to be entranced by the joyous
sounds coming from the local singers filling the spacious center court
of the Mall. In March, came the Maryland debut of the Pulitzer Prize
winning The Little Match Girl Passion, by
contemporary American composer David Lang, scored for percussion instruments and small chorus.
The music is
demanding of the performers as it draws the audience into a retelling of the familiar Hans Christian
Anderson fairy tale in the form of a series of "simple" chants
that use some of the features of Bach's St. Matthews Passion
to make a kind of equilibrium between suffering and hope. The audience
responded warmly to this performance and to the Fauré in which local
young soprano Juliana Kaiser returned and baritone Kihyun Moon debuted. The season concluded with
a concert of music from Spain and
Latin America, back at the Jim Rouse, the first Saturday in May, with
the above mentioned "Battle for Frances' Baton" concluding the
night and the happy 36th season.