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Sunday, May 29, 2005


Lady Clark

Oops, I posted my comments below in the wrong category a few minutes ago. My bad. Forgive? Here's what I wrote:

Maybe this year someone will finally recognize or acknowledge the Antioch Chamber Ensemble that will be performing tomorrow, Sat May 27, St. Philip's Church, 3 PM? This prestigous group, most of them former Westminster Choir College graduates, members of the Westminster Choir under Dr. Flummerfelt, deserve to be acknowleged by those covering the Piccolo Spoleto Festival after performing for 5 years in a row!

Antioch also performed at the American Choral Directors Association conference, Eastern Division, in Manhattan, NY this Spring. They also were the ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Church, Wall Street, Manhattan, for several years. They released their second CD, Winter Songs, featuring the Mid-Winter Songs by contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen,in December of 2003. Mr. Lauridsen has said of the recording, “Antioch is certainly in the top rank of a cappella choirs in the United States… I recommend this CD most highly, especially to choral aficionados". In June of 2005, Antioch toured for the first time, in beautiful Nova Scotia.

Every year I read about the same venues, many of them well-deserving of praise, but wouldn't it be prudent to turn an ear towards the young, up-and-coming talent such as Antioch, and other younger performers? Especially while they are presently performing for Piccolo Spoleto so the younger audience gets to know them? I'm afraid for the Festival's future if the younger, upcoming musical, choral artists are not introduced to the public. I think they deserve, especially Antioch given they are former Westminster choristers, some kind and maybe encouraging words from the press for their tremendous efforts to excel and entertain all Festival attendees over the last 5 years. Do I hear an Amen?

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