This year I've joined the Prairie Chamber Choir
, directed by Melissa Morgan. I've missed singing with a high-quality choir, and this one definitely is that. We're working toward our Christmas concert on December 18, but we did have a mini-concert recently, singing three songs by Winnipeg composer Sid Robinovitch
in the Classical Showcase of Break Out West 2016
(a.k.a. the Western Canadian Music Awards). And here's a video!
The first piece is part of the set of songs for which Sid was nominated, although, alas, he didn't win.
You'll find me second from the left (audience left, not stage left) on the back row.
Here's a holiday treat (at least, I hope it's a treat): me singing "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" at Christmas Crackers 2015, the annual holiday revue of The Golden Apple Theatre here in Regina. It was a great evening all the way around, and this was my small contribution to it.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Yep, I've recorded another Christmas song. Here in Saskatchewan, we don't exactly "dream" of a White Christmas as have the occasional nightmare about it, but, hey. It's still a classic.
I've been experimenting with my recording setup today. Now that I have a MacBook, I can have my microphone in the same room as my computer (no fan!), which has opened up much better possibilities for doing things like mixing my voice with backing tracks.
Which is how I created this. I only did a couple of vocal takes and didn't do any editing, so this is a straight-through recording--a little rough in spots, but serves as a proof of concept.
Tickets are now on sale
for my play-with-music, As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts, featuring music from the '30s and 40s found in the old house where I live that used to belong to my wife's grandparents, and then to her parents (and indeed, we are dedicating the show to the memory of my wife's mother, Dr. Alice Mary Goodfellow Hodges
, a most remarkable woman who unfortunately died on August 17 and so will not be able to see the show inspired by her parents' home.)
Here's how I'm describing the show in publicity materials:
A warm, funny, touching play ...
The Canadian Chamber Choir, with which I sometimes sing and on whose board of directors I served for a few years, is once again seeking applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program. If you're a budding conductor, this would be invaluable...so read the press release below and consider applying!
For Immediate Release
CANADIAN CHAMBER CHOIR ANNOUNCES FELLOWSHIP FOR CONDUCTORS
“A national treasure" -- Montreal Gazette
"Beyond brilliant . . . Don't miss this choir" -- Hamilton Spectator
The acclaimed national ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for conductors: the CCC seeks applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program in conjunction with its October 2013 British Columbia tour. This is an ...
Oh, look, I do still remember how to blog!
It's been a while, but, hey, April was the cruelest month, what with novel rewriting and family duties and let us not forget income tax. Oh, and I was also performing, in Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's spring show, When You Wish Upon A Star: Music from the Wonderful World of Disney. My solo number was "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)," but I think the highlight of the evening for everyone was the men's chorus performing "The Bare Necessities." It involved tail-waggling. Let's leave it at that.
But speaking of Regina Lyric Musical Theatre brings me to this bit of news, which ...
As I've mentioned, I've been writing a play, tentatively titled The Piano Bench: A Love Story with Evening and Ghosts. Today I finished the draft script, which I'll be passing on the fine folks at Regina Lyric Musical Theatre
, which I hope will be staging the play (with me directing it) this fall.
Since it's a play with music, I've assembled a CD of the songs I'm thinking of including in the play, all of which are drawn from the old sheet music in this house of mine, which has been in my wife's family since 1939. (The house, and specifically the piano and this music, are in fact the inspiration ...
Playing with new audio software today at the same time I was picking out a song for an audition tonight, I made the recording below of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields's "The Way You Look Tonight," from the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Swing Time. It won't make anyone forget Fred Astaire's version, or Tony Bennett's version, or for that matter anyone of dozens of other recorded versions...but I had fun. Think of this as a proof of concept rather than a truly finished recording, proof that I can do something not half bad with the equipment and software I have at home.
Which means, of course, I may inflict more music ...