The Mendocino Music Festival Chorale will perform a concert celebrating American composers, including music by Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, Gwyneth Walker, and the lovely Frostiana by Randall Thompson. This concert was originally scheduled for 2020 but was cancelled by the pandemic, so the Festival Chorale is particularly excited (one might even say “jubilant”) to finally be performing this distinct and beautiful music.
In addition to Copland, Dello Joio, Gwyneth Walker, and Randall Thompson, the Chorale will perform gorgeous Mack Wilberg arrangements of traditional songs “Down to the River to Pray” and “Shenandoah.” Barbara Faulkner will join Daniel Lockert in the four-hand accompaniments for these songs, and for the two Copland pieces.
Festival Chorale members are:
The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Chorale, directed by Festival Chorus Master Jenny Matteucci, was formed in 2018 as an offshoot of the much larger Festival Chorus, members of which were invited to audition.
Festival Artistic Director Allan Pollack: “I’ve been touched by the dedication of the members of the Festival Chorus, and so have wanted to create an opportunity for people who are ready to take their choral singing to the next level.” Festival Chorus Master Jenny Matteucci reports, “It is a joy to work with a group of singers who are willing to do the hard work on vocal technique in order to make increasingly excellent and inspiring music together.”