To Denmark and beyond

July 24, 2010

In two weeks we make our continental European debut with two concerts in Denmark in the towns of Thisted and Sulsted and a special performance in the Oslodomkirke in Norway. We’ll send updates during our travels, but a bit about our trip before we venture to Newark International Airport (always a nightmare!) and I get my first stamp in a new passport.

First off, we’re really looking forward to our time in two countries famous for their ensemble singing traditions. We’ll be taking part in a workshop/ exchange with the Men and Boys choir of Thisted Kirke on the morning of Thursday, August 4th and, that evening, we offer a concert of music from Flemish Renaissance masters. The next night, August 5th, we sing a concert as part of the Vendsyssel Festival in Sulsted Kirke that will focus on our new release, TUDOR CITY.

Then, we board a ferry to Oslo where we’ll take TUDOR CITY home to where the new works on the disc were written by our friend and colleague, Andrew Smith. As an added bonus, our good friend, violinist Lizzie Ball is flying in from the UK to make what is sure to be a brilliant cameo in our concert at Oslo Cathedral.

On a sad note, this will be Scott Dispensa’s last show with the band.  In honor of his departure, the concert will feature many of his favorites from our repertoire: Tallis’ Tunes from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter, Poulenc’s Quatre petits prieres de St Francois d’Assise, Durufle’s Notre Pere and Josquin’s Nymphes des bois. We’ll miss Scott very much.  We just hope that the Metropolitan Opera Chorus knows what a great baritone they’re getting.

When we return to NYC, we’re right back at it with our dashing new baritone, Christopher Dylan Herbert.  He plunges right in, making his NYP debut at St. Thomas Church on August 15th and then the following night in our My end is my beginning program with Bora Yoon (see post below) at the new series TumblDown Concerts on Cape Cod.  From there, we’re off to the Poconos for the Beacon Hill Concert Series the following weekend.   And it doesn’t end there… in fact, we’re just getting started; NYP visits 16 states between September and February!

That’s all for now.  Hope to see as many of you as we can this season!

— GW