Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Mahler 2 – Resurrection

Well, folks let me tell you, listening the the choral finale of Mahler 2 is inspiring, but singing it…  Next level experience.  We had the Calgary Youth Orchestra and 3 other choirs join my choir to tackle this monumental piece.  Every chorister should have the opportunity to sing in this iconic musical experience. Original German ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Baba Yetu

Featuring the Cape Town Youth Choir Filed under: Music Tagged: Choral Music, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: Remembrance Day – Soldiers Cry – Roland Majeau

Remembrance Day is a conflicted day for me, I have had the absolute luxury of never having to fight in an armed conflict and for that I am grateful. Conversely, the application of military power is always the sign of the failure of the human spirit when we must resort to destroying nations and people ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Tallis, Spem in alium (40-voice motet)

Yes, if you get a chance to go to this live, spend the $$ and the time and go experience it. The motet is laid out for eight choirs of five voices (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass). It is most likely that Tallis intended his singers to stand in a horseshoe shape. Beginning with ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Hey I sang that!

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day.  Just finished singing this in choir, great piece and as usual, the tenor part is the hardest.. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Choral Music, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Muscial Interlude: Dona Nobis Pacem

There  are many iterations of this song all over youtube.  I find this one poignant because of the juxtaposition of the military band so prominently in the foreground while the children tucked almost completely out of sight intoning the hopeful hymn – “Give us peace”.  Draw your ironic comparisons as you wish.   I’d stop ...

Dead Wild Roses: Virtual Choir – Bringing the World Together in Song

Music is our great hope, the universal language, and the ultimate unifier. I can appreciate music from 1720 Venice just as easily as I can music from 1970 Toronto. Further, I’ve been doing so since before I could speak. Such is the power of music that distances of 7000 km and 250 years are rendered ...