Saturday, May 19th, 2012
First Church in Cambridge at 11 Garden St
Sponsored by First Church and Night Song
Baritone Philip Lawson of The King's Singers will lead a day-long choral workshop on Renaissance Spanish and Portuguese repertoire, open to all in the choral and early music communities. There will be a three-hour morning program for individual registrants on repertoire and choral techniques, and a three hour afternoon masterclass for established choral ensembles.
Lawson's extensive experience with this repertoire will focus on these topics in the morning session:
* geographical pronunciation versus general "Church" Latin
* use of modern editions or facsimiles; editorial choices
* issues of tuning and temperament
* diction in various accoustical settings
* part assignments
and other performance issues which impact interpretation.
Repertoire to be used in the morning session will include the following works:
* Victoria's Sanctus a6 & Agnus Dei a6 from Officium Defunctorum
* Morales' Benedictus a5 from Missa pro Defunctis
* Guerrero's motet Antes que comáis a Dios a4
* Settings of Versa est in luctum by Victoria & Lobo
For the afternoon masterclass Lawson will coach local choral ensembles on issues of interpretation, technique and performance. Ensembles should prepare two pieces and are not limited to singing literature from the Renaissance.
The Guest Clinician:
Baritone Philip Lawson, a member of The King's Singers for nearly two decades, sang his last concert with this renowned ensemble earlier this year. He has turned his musical attention to composition, a cappella arranging, and coaching choral ensembles. During his tenure with The King's Singers, Lawson sang in nearly 2,000 concert performances on four continents, made 25 CD and DVD recordings, and won the 2009 Grammy for the CD "Simple Gifts." He has long been involved as a teacher and vocal coach, leading over 300 masterclasses and workshops around the world, including for universities in the US and a residency at the Royal College of Music. His own choral works and a cappella arrangements have been performed by The King's Singers, and have been published in the US and abroad. This workshop will be Lawson's first program in the Boston area.
The workshop fees are $40 for morning participants and $150 for ensembles performing in the afternoon masterclass.
Registrants from the morning session are invited to audit the afternoon masterclass for free; afternoon-only auditors pay $10.
Forms of payment accepted are checks payable to First Church in Cambridge, cash, debit card, and credit card (except American Express).
9:15 Session begins
11:00 Session resumes
12:30 Session concludes
12:30 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 Masterclass begins
3:45 Masterclass continues
4:45 Masterclass concludes
Directions, Parking, and Public Transportation:
For questions contact Daryl Bichel at 617/312-8328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual morning session: $40
Ensemble for afternoon masterclass: $150
Auditor for afternoon masterclass: $10
Registration will be confirmed via e-mail.