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Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I've sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone I am today. In high school, I sang in the choruses conducted by my father, James Lee Willett, at Western Christian College. At Harding University in Arkansas, I sang in the Harding A Cappella Chorus, directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis Jr., and also in the rather boringly named Men's Ensemble. Since then, I've sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

My preview of this weekend’s South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra Christmas brunch…

...is in today's Leader Post. It begins: What could be better than a wonderful Christmas brunch onstage at the Conexus Arts Centre? How about a wonderful Christmas brunch followed by a performance by the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra? That's exactly the hard-to-imagine-a-better-than event scheduled for this Sunday. A silent auction and food kick off the event at 11 a.m., with the concert to follow. Conductor Alan Denike will lead the 45-member orchestra, made up of players whose ages range from 12 to their early 20s, in Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite, selections from Carmen by Georges Bizet, and Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival, before finishing up with sing-along carols.

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:25, December 10th, 2009 under Art Columns, Blog | Comment now »

My review of the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Pops concert with guitarist Jack Semple…

...is in today's LeaderPost. It begins: The set of people who like both symphony orchestras and screaming guitars is generally thought of as small, but based on Guitar Heroes, Saturday's Regina Symphony Orchestra Shumiatcher Pops concert featuring Jack Semple, it's at least as large as the seating capacity of the Conexus Arts Centre. Semple often plays with the RSO when a guitarist is required, but this was the first time he's been front-and-centre for an entire concert, and the result was spectacular. Read the whole thing. More about the Regina Symphony Orchestra. More about Jack Semple.

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:51, May 11th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »