I had an incredible time extending my boundaries even further with Tempus Continuum at our latest performance at the cell. Meeting Michael Boyd and working on Bob's Party was fantastic because it was his first time hearing the piece live, and it was quite fun to tell him all about our rehearsal process: discovering the limits (or lack there of) of the score, and growing in musical conversation with members of the group through the experience. Next for new music: premiering Anne Goldberg's DMA thesis with the Manhattan School of Music Composer's Orchestra!
I loved hearing singers last weekend auditioning for Hildegard's morality play Ordo Virtutum that EMH is producing in April. What a way to spend two crisp Autumn days, in Cambridge MA listening to gorgeous plain chant in First Church. Lidia, Laura, Sheila and I are so glad to work with the brilliant direction team Dylan Sauerwald and Kateri Chambers of Helios Early Opera- what a treat, and the ideas that were stewing re: staging and costumes had me realizing the scope of what it is we are really creating here. It's going to be something powerful. And new. And beautiful. Have you heard Hildegard's heavenly music? You're missing out. Listen to the Ordo. Next for early music: performing Purcell Elegy of the Death of Queen Mary and Orfeo in S'accenda pur di festa il cor from HWV 73 in NYC and Stony Brook Nov 22 and 24! see schedule
My focus in between November - December gigs - FINISH MY DMA PAPER! Think I can't do it? Challenge accepted. Then, January will be all about prepping Anne Goldberg's DMA thesis orchestral work (the fabulous composer I can call one of my closest friends), getting bums in seats for the Mahler concert at the National Opera Center, and of course prepping my role in the Ordo! Which is on my birthday! Birthday Hildegard is the best Hildegard!
Dear friends, family members, and colleagues:
I am very happy to share news of Ensemble Musica Humana's most recent project with all of you. Just yesterday, the ensemble was nominated for the Opus Affair Punch Bowl Fund (http://opusaffair.org/content/punch-bowl-fund)!
Opus Affair is a Boston-based organization that offers support for local artists, musicians, and similar entities by way of fundraising and networking events. It's a wonderful means of exchange and exposure for talent throughout the Boston area!
How the Punch Bowl Fund works: on the first of the month (in this case, September 1st, 2013), three top-voted nominees will be selected to receive funding through the Punch Bowl Fund. An event will be organized in Boston by Opus Affair where attendees donate directly to the three nominees.
In order to be one of the selected three, we need your votes! Simply visit this page:
http://opusaffair.org/about/programs/pbfund/nominate/ensemble-musica-humana . . . and click the Thumbs Up icon!
Please also consider leaving a comment stating why you think Ensemble Musica Humana should be selected. Opus Affair accepts one vote per IP address.
We're very excited at the prospect of participating in Opus Affair's Punch Bowl Fund. But it's a steep climb to the top! We're up against, not only other well-established early music organizations, like The Handel and Haydn Society and The Boston Early Music Festival, but also arts organizations like Cambridge Art Association and the Open Theater Project.
Ensemble Musica Humana needs your help! Anyone can contribute, and every vote counts! We have a limited number of days on the board; so, click the Thumbs Up as soon as possible!
We have an exciting season ahead of us, and a number of amazing projects soon-to-be-revealed. Any funding received this year will go toward essential expenses for recording, hall rental, advertising, travel, and more.
Thank you for your time and consideration! Through your help, Ensemble Musica Humana can continue to grow as an ensemble, contributing to the life, creativity, and exploration of North America's early music scene for many years to come.
For more information on Opus Affair, visit: http://opusaffair.org/. Visit Ensemble Musica Humana online at: http://www.ensemblemusicahumana.com, http://www.facebook.com/, http://www.facebook.com/EnsembleMusicaHumana, and https://twitter.com/ensmusicahumana.