Check out one of my latest videos I created to promote Choral Arts Philadelphia's collaborative program to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten, the "people's composer" from England. I had a lot of fun following Matt Glandorf to one of his first rehearsals with Musicopia String Orchestra, the youth ensemble directed by Daniela Pierson, and to watch the real music making with these talented and responsive kids. I got to interview the Orchestra's first violin Samir Robinson, who is just 15 years old. And I also filmed a very touching personal story told by violinist Rebecca Harris who was born in the same area as Britten...And of course, videotaping my own chorus in action is always a treat and it doesn't happen often. The sound we make together, the blending of the voices (even in the rehearsal) never stops to amaze. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this magic, as both a singer and publicist.
The performance took place on November 17th (featuring cantata Saint Nicolas), and it was a fantastic celebration of life and music of one of the greatest composers of the 20th century! Amateur and professional musicians, both seasoned and young, came together in song as one - and the audience who filled Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was singing along with us with such great enthusiasm! Read a rave review by Tom Purdom published in Broad Street Review.