BENEFITING: LISTEN4LIFE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 09, 2014
I am trying to raise some funds so I can join the Golden Gate Men's Chorus at the World Choir Games Competition in Riga, this summer. I haven't sung in about ten years and recently joined the choir. I also would love to visit Estonia and see my relatives and explore my heritage for a couple of days.
In the words of our director, Joseph Piazza:
In Riga we will hear choirs from the Baltics and also hear other choirs from around the world. It will truly be an international choral music experience through which GGMC will grow in artistic perception and performing experience. It’s a competition so we will be on our game and working to be musically better than ever. Our personal best is yet to be realized and it’s exciting to stretch beyond what we thought possible. As a male choir we do pride ourselves on singing challenging repertoire and we do stand out with our ability to perform the TTBB repertoire and SATB literature using male sopranos and male altos.
I have chosen arrangements of Spirituals by Moses Hogan and works by William Dawson. We will premiering a new commission form Ivo Antognini, So Live Your Life, with text by the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh. We will also bring pieces by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miskinis, a new TTBB arrangement of Hosanna by American composer Dan Forrest, works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, and a “suitcase” full of works by American composers such as Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, Leonard Bernstein, Vincent Persichetti, Elliot Carter, and Z. Randall Stroope.