In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Steven Sametz has earned increasing renown in recent years as both composer and conductor. He is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, one of the country's premiere choral programs. He also serves as Artistic Director for the elite a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers and is the founding director of The Lehigh University Choral Composer Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers.
Recent guest conducting appearances include the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Music Festival, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Choir. Dr. Sametz' compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the recent Grammy award-winning CD by Chanticleer, "Colors of Love," and his work may be heard on six other Chanticleer CDs, as well as Lehigh University Choir's "Live from Taipei," Lehigh University Choral Arts' "What Wondrous Love is This," The Princeton Singers' "Reincarnations," "Christmas with the Princeton Singers," and "Old, New Borrowed, Blues," a collection of his choral arrangements and compositions featuring guest artists Chanticleer in collaboration with The Princeton Singers performing his Dudaryku - A Village Scene, written for these two groups.
Most recently, Dr. Sametz conducted the Princeton Singers at the American Choral Directors' Association convention in Pittsburg as well as at the American Organists Guild convention in Philadelphia.
Dr. Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe music festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Connecticut Choral Artists, and the King of Thailand. His compositions are published by Oxford University Press, Alliance Music, ECS Publishing, GIA, and Steven Sametz Publications.
Dr. Sametz has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America. He has been Director of Choral Activites at Harvard and is the founder and director of the Lehigh University Choral Union. At the Santa Fe Music Festival, he conducted his own works in a program entitled "Sametz conducts Sametz." He has conducted Chanticleer in the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in New York and San Francisco to critical acclaim. Dr. Sametz holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Review: One of America's finest choral ensembles, the Princeton Singers offer us a collection of Christmas medieval through modern. Intertwining traditions from all over the world, this collection has carols from America, Germany, Ireland and the Ukraine; works from Brazil and Italy; as well as compositions which borrow traditions. This album features pieces such as Franz Beibl's beloved 'Ave Maria,' 'Canite tuba' by Palestrina and the American hymn 'Wondrous Love,' arranged by Sametz. This diverse celebration of Christmas will surely bring you joy.
Songlist: Chace No. 3 (Sametz), O nata lux (Tallis), Canite Tuba in Sion (Palestrina), Two Medieval Lyrics (Sametz), There is No Rose of Such Virtue, Gaudete!, Ave Maria (Biebl), Del Nacimiento (Sametz), Noel! (Sametz), Irish Lullaby for the Christ Child (Aametz), Oy Koliada, Koliadnitsia (Kozytsky), A Christmas Carol (Ives, arr. Echols), Ago Lona (Nobre), Ave Maria (Mcintryre), Weihnachtsmotette (Becker), Lo How a Rose/Los Pastores (Sametz), Ofrecimiento De Los Pastores-A La Ru, Vamos Todos a Belen, Cuando Por El Oriente, La Leventada De Bartolo, Ofrecimiento De Los Pastores, Wondrous Love (Samtz)
Review: Steven Sametz has been called 'one of America's most respected choral composers.' His compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tnaglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the Grammy award-winning CD by Chanticleer, Colors of Love, and his work may be heard on six other Chanticleer CDs, as well as several by The Princeton Singers. Sametz has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts, and the Santa Fe Music Festival, creating new works for Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Philadelphia Singers, Pro Arte Chamber Choir, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Connecticut Choral Artists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the King of Thailand. Sametz is an exciting new voice in modern American choral music and a great fresh addition to choral repertoire. Includes 24 page booklet and most of the arrangements are published.
Songlist: I Have Had Singing, in time of, Magnificat, Dudaryku- A Village Scene, There Is No Rose, Gaudete! (Rejoice!), Munus (A Gift), Dulcis Amor (Sweet Love), Amo! (Madrigal) (I Love), Child of Song, Shenandoah
Review: Steven Sametz wears multiple hats on this recording of his work by the Princeton Singers. All of the pieces on this album were arranged by Sametz and it includes the premier of his work 'Dudaryku - A Village Scene' which depicts life in a nineteenth century Ukrainian village. This piece features guest artists Chanticleer. The recording is an assortment of folksongs from around the world, American standards and American folk and gospel songs. The choir adapts beautifully to the variety diverse cultures and musical styles on this recording.
Songlist: Ne Sedi, Djemo, Kas Tie Tadi, Paidu li Vwihdul ja, Dudaryku - A Village Scene, Ngam sang duan, La Villanella, Kein Feuer, Kein Kodle, Do I Love You?, We are in Love, Losing my Mind, Blue Skies, Shenandoah, Follow Jesus
Review: Reincarnations was recorded during the choir's first season under the direction of Steven Sametz. The repertoire explores a series of connections between the old and the new. It opens with Samuel Barber's Reincarnations, with texts by James Stephens which focus on different facets of love. Sametz has three pieces showcased on this recording: 'On the Death of a Friend,' 'Magnificat' and 'in time of .' Sametz's 'Magnificat' is juxtaposed by that if Villiers Stanford, both featuring the resident choir of the American Boychoir School. Other pairings are two very different settings of the joyful text 'Exultate Deo' by Palestrina and Poulenc. This is a very nice recording marking the beginning of a new era for this wonderful choir.
Songlist: Reincarnations , Come haro donque , Chi chili chi , Death Hath Deprived Me of My Dearest Friend , Magnificat in G , Magnificat , Exultate Deo , Exultate Deo , Babylone , Due cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti, In time of
Review: A medley of songs (opening with a barbershop quartet) from the 1890's with soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists. The Heroine Triumphant links four songs which together trace the story of a young girl who comes to town in search of her brother ('Mother Was a Lady'); she is cruelly deceived by a drummer, an unscrupulous low-life, claiming to know her brother. He proposes marriage, but in 'Take Back Your Gold' we find his intentions are less than honorable. The heroine finds herself alone and cast out in 'She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured.' Finally, she rises above her misery and woe to find a new life in 'Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay!' The opening barbershop quartet may be sung by a small ensemble, but the character voices of the narrator and the drummer should be assigned to soloists. The Heroine Triumphant easily lends itself to some simple staging. Fun!
Songlist: Mother Was A Lady, Take Back Your Gold, She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured, Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay
Review: Steven Sametz has earned increasing renown in recent years as both composer and conductor. He is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, one of the country's premiere choral programs. He also serves as Artistic Director for the elite a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers and is the founding director of The Lehigh University Choral Composer Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers. This is a wonderful collection of folk songs with songs from Bosnia, Thailand, Russia and Germany that will add a nice international flavor to your program.
Songlist: Kein Feuer, Keine Kohle, Kann Brennen, So Heiss, Ne Sedi, Djemo, Ngam Sang Duan, Pai Duli Vwihdui Ja
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