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New Bach Cantata Series Draws Wide Attention in Town

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Inna Heasley No Comments
Matt Glandorf conducts Choral Arts and the Bach Collegium orchestra members during a pre-concert warm up. Photo: Inna Heasley.

Matt Glandorf conducts Choral Arts and the Bach Collegium orchestra members during a pre-concert warm up. Photo: Inna Heasley.

I would like to congratulate Choral Arts Philadelphia and The Bach Festival of Philadelphia for launching the brilliant Bach Cantata Series this 2013-2014 season!  In the first half of the run, the series has already generated a lot of interest among the Philadelphia audiences, musicians and the media.


Named “Bach at Seven” (or Bach@7 for short), the programs take place at the historical Saint Mark’s Church near Rittenhouse Square (17th & Locust Streets) and feature a Bach cantata and other related music of any historic period. This could be a choral piece and/or an instrumental or organ work.


Each program (there are six offered this season in the series) lasts only one hour, including a live commentary by artistic director Matthew Glandorf. This is followed by a free informal post-concert reception  for all, a chance to  recharge with a light snack and fine wine,  have a good conversation and build some meaningful personal connections.  Combined with the “pay-as-you-wish” admission option and the timing of the programs (7 pm on a Wednesday night), these events have opened doors to some new audience demographics, including families with children, students, young professionals, and other folks who normally wouldn’t attend a classical music concert.


In addition, this is a unique chance for the Philadelphia public to hear some shorter choral, vocal or instrumental gems of all styles and periods, that are rarely or almost never performed in live concerts just because they are so hard to program into a larger concert setting.  As a singer with the group myself, I feel grateful for this season as it has been an exciting personal journey of discovering and learning some beautiful and challenging works by Hugo Distler, Charles Stanford, Orlando Gibbons, Bob Chilcott and more… and of course, by J.S. Bach himself.


All the Bach@7 post-concert receptions are generously sponsored by the Moore Brothers Wine Company (based in Pennsauken, NJ), with Mr. Greg Moore himself happily serving some of his finest wine samples to the attendees.  Additionally, the February program is sponsored by Hold-A-Plate, recently founded by a University of Pennsylvania young designer John Zax.




  • In this brief video (produced by PR Perfect), the audience members were asked to share their thoughts about the inaugural program in October 2013:



  • WHYY’s NewsWorks reporter Peter Crimmins praises Bach@7 for attracting younger audiences in this feature piece.


  • “Wonderful idea – and cosmopolitan. How often, when visiting major European cities, do you discover early-evening classical concerts offering a good dose of music without monopolizing your evening?.. The idea’s time has come. St. Mark’s Church was close to full (Glandorf expressed surprise) and the reception was warm, possibly indulgent…”  (The Philadelphia Inquirer, by David Patrick Stearns)


  • “Glandorf describes the one hour Bach@7 concerts as an “Art Break.” The post-concert reception adds the perfect finishing touch, complete with some notably delectable wines, provided by a local wine merchant who offers his wares with the same enthusiasm that Bach lavishes on counterpoint. Bach would have fitted easily into this scene— mingling with his audience and his fellow musicians in the same way Glandorf and his musicians joined the party…”  (Broad Street Review, by Tom Purdom)


  • “This approach, according to artistic director, Matt Glandorf is designed to encourage as many people as possible to attend the series. This goal was inspired by the large number of citizens of Leipzig, regardless of wealth, who attended the cantata performances back in Bach’s time. Is it working? If attendance of other concerts in the series matches the numbers I saw on December 18th, the answer is “yes!”… True to other Choral Arts concerts I’ve attended, the program was interesting and the performance quality was very high…”  (Examiner.com, by Sharon Torello)



Press Release: “Bach At Seven” Cantata Series – Original Innovative Programs Continue Into Spring 2014

Choral Arts Philadelphia videos on YouTube

Newsletter preview of Bach@7 – Spring 2014 (this link expires on March 11, 2014)

Interview with soprano Leslie Johnson

L to R: Rebecca Harris and Mandy Woman, violin; Danieal Pierson, viola, during pre-concert warm up at the inaugural Bach@7 program. October 2013.
Photo: Inna Heasley.




Ducks Are Flying…for Van Cliburn (Летят Утки для Вана Клиберна) Part II of II

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by Inna Heasley 3 Comments




This amazing story continues on because “Ducks Are Flying” has taken on the life of its own in the United States. Hear all about it here. Thanks to Susan Lewis and WRTI FM for bringing it to light!



I am sharing some new information, updates and insights kindly provided by Archie Bailey, the Executive Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, one of the choirs singing at Van Cliburn’s funeral service today in Forth Worth, TX:


“From the melody I found on the web, Tom [Stoker, a longtime friend of Van and his mother – ih] had a friend and greatly talented composer begin arraigning The Ducks are Flying as a backup in case we could not get an original. We ran his score today and with your help from your score and vocal mp3 we have a tremendously beautiful work. It will be sung as the casket leaves the church. It will be most moving and an appropriate expression of our loss. Thank you for your help. I will send you a copy of the arrangement by Kyle. You will cry when you hear it.”


“About 1/5th of the total singers are Schola on such short notice. About 1/5th are from the Arlington Master Chorale, the rest are from the two church choirs.


Van was so loved that we even have a few little, stooped ladies on walkers and canes singing their hearts out for him.


He was a tender man, and loved all things of beauty in nature.


Van once said ‘only the birds sing for free.’  Today we are honored to be his birds, singing from the heart for all the world to hear.”


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The service will start at 3 PM today, March 3, 2013  at Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX.


With the Fort Worth Symphony and 270 voices in the chorus. The chorus is made up of Schola Cantorum of Texas, the Arlington Master Chorale, Broadway Baptist Chancel Choir and Arborlawn United Methodist Chancel Choir.

Repertoire includes:

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” — Wilberg
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” – Wilberg
“Old Hundredth” – Vaughan Williams
“Moscow Nights” (in Russian)
“The Lord’s Prayer” – Tschaikovsky (in Russian)

“Ducks are Flying” – Russian Folk Song (in Russian)


Live broadcast: Charter Cable channel 101, Turner Broadcasting (Time Warner) channel 371, on radio WBAP 820 AM, and will be rebroadcast on WFAA Channel 8 at 1:05 am Monday morning.




And here is the video recording of the funeral service:





Russian Opera Workshop on WRTI’s CROSSOVER

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Inna Heasley No Comments

L to R: Ghenady Meirson, William Stone, Nicholas Masters and Jill Pasternat at Academy of Vocal Arts

My client Russian Opera Workshop was recently featured on WRTI’s Crossover with the amazing  Jill Pasternak!  Jill and the WRTI engineer/production manager and classical host Joe Patti visited the Academy of Vocal Arts to speak with Workshop’s founder and director Ghenady Meirson (also faculty at Curtis Institute and AVA, and accomplished pianist), and his colleagues who coached the singers this summer: renowned baritone and AVA faculty William Stone, Philadelphia Singers and Curtis Opera Musical Director David Hayes, and 2012 Met Opera Auditions Finalist baritone and the workshop participant  Nicholas Masters.

Listen to the Crossover production of  “The Art of Singing Opera… In Russian!”  filled with conversation, Russian music and songs.




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