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Camerata Singers

 Camerata Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from PA, United States.

The Camerata Singers, founded in 1972 by Dr. Allan Birney, has been an integral part of the Lehigh Valley's notable arts community and continues to make a significant contribution to the artistic life of the area by providing several quality programs of classical and contemporary choral music each year. The group is especially dedicated to preserving our rich musical heritage with performances that include superior instrumental accompaniment and soloists.

Highlights of the choir's 38 seasons include Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, Haydn's Creation, Honegger's Joan of Arc, Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, Tippett's A Child of Our Time, and Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Faure, Rutter and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The 2008-2009 season featured an area premiere of Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart). The 90 or so singers of the choir are serious musicians who range from college students to senior citizens, with a wide variety of professions and occupations. The choir rehearses from September through April on Tuesday evenings at Wesley Church, Bethlehem, PA.

Discography

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Camerata Singers : Copland - Works for Chorus : 00  1 CD : Timothy Mount : Aaron Copland : 7677

Camerata Singers : Copland - Works for Chorus

Review: Aaron Copland is best remembered for creating a truly American style of music which is full of folk influences, and melodic and harmonic simplicity. The Old American Songs incorporate folk melodies ranging from minstrel songs (The Boatmen's Dance) to hymns (Simple Gifts) to political satire (The Dodger). Originating as songs for voice and piano, these arrangements by Irving Fine for chorus were authorized by the composer, who himself further expanded the songs for voice and orchestra. "The House on the Hill" and "An Immortality" were both arranged by the recently departed Daniel Pinkham, who was a student of Copland's at Harvard.

Songlist: The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, I Bought Me a Cat, Help Us O Lord, Thou O Jehovah Abideth Forever, Have Mercy On Us, Sing Ye Praises To Our King, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At the River, Ching-a-Ring Chaw, An Immortality, Las Agachadas, The House on the Hill, The Lark

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8879c | 00 1 CD | $16.95


Camerata Singers : Works of Randall Thompson and Libby Larsen : 00  1 CD : Timothy Mount : Randall Thompson Libby Larsen : 7560

Camerata Singers : Works of Randall Thompson and Libby Larsen

Review: The Stony Brook (NY) Camerata Singers have sung at prestigious music festivals such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival in California. Their 30 mixed voices represent a cross-section of Stony Brook University, and they sing music from all periods, early to modern. While the major works of Randall Thompson (1899-1984) and Libby Larsen (b. 1950) are well-known, this CD offers a unique opportunity to hear some of their smaller works for unaccompanied chorus, and to compare these two American composers separated by half a century. 16 songs: first Thompson's "Antiphon" (1970), then 7 movements of "Mass of the Holy Spirit" (1955), followed by three striking "Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes" by Larsen, "There Was a Little Girl", "Little Boy Blue" and "Try, Try Again" (all 3 accompanied by French Horn). Then two by Thompson, "Glory to God in the Highest" (1958) and "Fare Well" (1973) are followed by the complex, dissonant "Bind Me, I Can Still Sing" and "Adrift! A Little Boat Adrift!" by Larsen, and the final cut is Thompson's "The Lark in the Morn" (1938). An interesting contrast of two composers, both brilliant, each with a totally different focus.

Songlist: Mass of the Holy Spirit:, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Hosanna, Agnus Dei , Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes:, There Was A Little Girl, Little Boy Blue, Try, Try Again, Glory to God in the Highest, Fare Well, Bind Me, Adrift! A Little Boat Adrift!, The lark in the Morn

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7532c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


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