There and back again

August 10, 2010

New York Polyphony in OsloWe can’t begin to put in writing the thanks we owe to Andrew Smith–our great friend, composer, and collaborator–for hosting us in the beautiful city of Oslo, Norway last weekend. He and his wife Linn opened their home to the band and presented us in concert at the Oslodomkirke (Oslo Cathedral), a lovely Rococo building with wonderful acoustics.

For the performance, we were very fortunate to be joined by Consortium Vocale Oslo, a first-rate male vocal ensemble that specializes in Gregorian chant.   They sang us in and out of numbers, chanting from the gallery while we handled the polyphony from the front of the church.  The effect was stunning.

Though it was our first time in Oslo, the concert was a homecoming of sorts: we were finally able to sing many of the pieces that Andrew has written for us on his home turf.  It was a thrill for us to perform pieces like “To mock your reign”, “Surrexit Christus” and his new composition “Ave Maris Stella”  for his friends, family and colleagues.

After the concert, we were treated by the guys in the Consortium to a lovely evening in a local beer garden.  The beer was fabulous and the company delightful!

Now back in the states from a whirlwind tour of Denmark and Norway, we’re all a little groggy. But there’s no rest for the weary!  We hit the ground running with Chris, our new baritone and look forward to next Monday’s concert in Woods Hole, MA on the shores of Cape Cod.

Thanks to everyone who followed us online. Hope to sing for you all soon!

— GW