Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015
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Overview of Activities
|Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 2014||Gounod's Messe solonnelle de sainte Cécile|
|Nov. 15, 22 and 29, 2014||Rehearsals: Come Sing Messiah|
|Dec. 5, 2014||Performance: Come Sing Messiah|
Description of Activities
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! COME SING AND PLAY CHARLES GOUNOD'S MESSE SOLENNELLE DE SAINTE CÉCILE (the patron saint of musicians)
For choir, orchestra and soloists
Leader: JAMES CALKIN
Date: Saturdays September 27 and October 4, 2014
Rehearsal: September 27: 10:00 - 12:30 pm - choir, and 2:00 - 4:30 PM orchestra;
Reading: October 4 - 2:00 - 4:30 PM choir and orchestra
Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Ave. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).
Cost: Admission by donation for all participants. Non-members are encouraged to join CAMMAC.
Rehearsed reading of the Messe solennelle de sainte Cécile, by Charles Gounod, for choir, orchestra and STB soloists.
Note: in the reading we will omit the Offertoire (4th movement) and the final prayers (addendum to the Mass).
All choristers (SATB) are welcome.
INSTRUMENTS NEEDED: oboe, clarinet in A, Bb+C (2 parts), bassoon, trumpets in C+D (2 parts), cornets a pistons in G, A+Bb (2 parts), horns in D, Eb, F+G (2 parts) and Bb, C+D (2 parts), alto, tenor and bass trombones, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, harp, and strings.
As this is a reading, you are not expected to know the music perfectly beforehand. We do ask, however, that instrumentalists be ready to play through the piece. Music scores are available; see below for details.
Pre-registration is highly recommended for string players; contact Khalid at email@example.com or 613-829-7277.
Pre-registration is necessary for all other instrumentalists; contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-724-3719.
Priority will be given to CAMMAC members up to September 4.
Orchestral music is available in advance; please contact Christiane at email@example.com.
For choristers, pre-registration is not necessary, though recommended.
For information: Pierre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-234-1297.
Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal; they are also available on the choral wiki site. They can be obtained in advance upon request; contact Pierre if you’d like them (email@example.com or 613-234-1297). For those interested, there are midi files to learn choral parts on Cyberbass.com; some can be downloaded from LearnChoralMusic.co.uk. The Mass is also on YouTube.
Born in Nova Scotia, JAMES CALKIN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. As such he is conductor of the Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir and principal accompanist for the Choir of Men and Boys. Both ensembles maintain a busy schedule of liturgical, concert and recording activities, as well as domestic and international tours. James is also active as organ soloist, conductor and orchestral and chamber musician, throughout Canada and internationally. His activities include numerous recitals in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as performances on the CBC’s English and French networks. He is also a frequent accompanist and continuo player for ensembles throughout Canada’s Capital Region.
James studied at Dalhousie (B.Mus. with a University Medal) and McGill Universities (M.Mus.) as well as the prestigious Eastman School of Music, under David MacDonald, John Grew and David Higgs. At Eastman he was a graduate assistant to early music legend Paul O’Dette. In 1996-1997 he studied in France with organists Louis Robilliard (Lyon) and Dominique Serve (Aix-en-Provence). He’s also studied conducting with Denise Ham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington and Hugh Floyd. He has also been won prizes in numerous well regarded competitions.
CHARLES GOUNOD was one of France's most well-known composers of the romantic era. He studied at the Paris conservatoire and later took up the position of organist in the same city. Written by a deeply religious man, the Messe solennelle de sainte Cécile (1855) was one of the last masses of that era that was actually used in liturgical settings and was definitely one of the best. One music lover describes it as having "a stirring Credo, a galvanizing Kyrie and a glorious Agnus Dei" (Amazon).
Rehearsals: 15, 22 and 29 November at Parkdale United Church.
Performance: 5 December at Dominion Chalmers United Church.