2016 Headline Choirs
ROOMFUL OF TEETH
Brad Wells, Founder/Artistic Director
Plenary Concert 1
Thursday, February 11, 8p
Memorial Hall Harvard University
Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.
In addition to new and adventurous works written for the ensemble, this program with also feature a collaborative performance with the Boston Children’s Chorus (Anthony Trecek- King, Artistic Director) as well as interactive demonstrations, sharing and exploring innovative ideas applicable to ACDA constituents, exploring and broadening the possibilities of vocal ensemble performance.
THE CHOIR OF TRINITY WALL STREET
Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts
Plenary Concert 2
Friday, February 12, 8p
New England Conservatory of Music
Trinity Wall Street has a proud history of presenting world-class music programs both in New York City and around the world via video streaming on its website. The anchor of Trinity’s music program is The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, a professional ensemble that leads liturgical music at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, presents early- and new-music concerts, produces recordings, and performs in international tours. This GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble has changed the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with its artistry described as “blazing with vigour… a choir from heaven” (The Times, London).
The choir’s Jordan Hall performance will feature highlights from their recent festival, “By the Waters of Babylon,” celebrating the Power of Black Music in America in marking the 150th anniversary of abolition. The ensemble will also present beloved a cappella treasures from Europe and America, as well as improvised performances from their weekly Compline by Candlelight services, inviting the ACDA audience to explore the techniques, possibilities, and principles of this empowering vocal ensemble improvisation. During their Boston residency, the choir will visit and work with individuals incarcerated at the medium-security prison in Norfolk with conductor André de Quadros, and then share their experience with conference attendees at an interest session on the role choral music can play in advancing social justice.
Opening Conference Concert & Reception
Wednesday, February 10, 7:30p
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Vocalogy is breathing new life into vocal jazz. Building on the tradition of musicality established by groups like The Hi-Lo’s and The Singers Unlimited, Vocalogy is setting a new standard with intricate original arrangements of surprising songs, as well as entertaining solo features with world-class vocal improvisation.
The quintet got its start as an artist-in-residency program under Grammy nominee Phil Mattson. In more than a decade since, Christine Guter (lead), David Thorne Scott (alto), John Knutson (tenor), Gerhard Guter (baritone), and Chris Morey (bass) have performed for audiences from California to Nova Scotia.
In addition to concerts, Vocalogy specializes in giving workshops and clinics to high school and college students, drawing on their individual professional experience that runs the gamut from classical choral music to composing for video games.
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