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Subject: [Program Feedback] miracle food for the psyche

Dear Mr. O’Riley,

I’ve listened to, and enjoyed your wonderful – FROM THE TOP – for some time now. To be good at anything worthwhile, especially for a young person is remarkable, but I sometimes wonder if the audience notices how emotionally developed some of these young musicians are!  Albeit in the spirit of fun you are known to rib (can be quite robust) these youthful phenoms. Time, and time again I have heard replies, but now, and then I have to pinch myself when I think of the age of the person the reply came from!  My theory is the kind of music your show features grows everything that’s healthy in the human psyche.  To be an astonishingly talented young musician is terrific, but even more important is to be a terrific person. Sometimes I wonder if we’re even close to understanding how wonderful music can be.  Could it be that not even you are aware the extent of the good work you do.  The PBS show NOVA should investigate for all of us! Perhaps you would you consider looking into this; meanwhile please know I appreciate your effort.

Sincerely,
Robert Livingston Wickser, Jr.

 

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Seraphim Singers / Boston New Music Initiative Concert

If you all aren’t exhausted this Saturday evening you might enjoy a concert I am performing in at St John’s Episcopal in Jamaica Plain.   The program includes vocal works from 10 living composers.  There are a couple of song cycles with soloists on the first half and then my group, The Seraphim Singers, will perform 6 works on the second half.  The music is really wonderful and I hope you can join us.

The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc., in conjunction with the Seraphim Singers, is pleased to announce its spring concert, to be held on Saturday, May 21 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The concert, presented by JP Concerts, will begin at 8 pm and will feature the work of ten living composers.

The concert represents BNMI’s first collaboration to co-produce a concert with an external ensemble. “We are very excited to take this important step in furthering our organization’s selection of concert presentations,” stated Tim Davis, founder and chief executive officer of BNMI. “It is a tremendous opportunity to work with performers like Jennifer Lester and the Seraphim Singers, to provide our member composers and our audiences with continual diversity in our ensembles, instrumentation, and styles throughout the concert season.”

The program will feature six works for chorus by the Seraphim Singers led by Jennifer Lester, the ensemble’s Music Director: Lux Aeterna by Timothy Kramer, Psalm 121 Levavi oculos by Graham Ramsay, Thrice is sweet music sweet by Paul John Rudoi, Sacred Places by Eric Sawyer, Peace by Carlyle Sharpe, and Psalm 96 by James Woodman. Violinist Lilit Hartunian will perform along with the chorus on Mr. Ramsay’s work.

The full press release is here: https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?ticketing=bnmi

–Wendy

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The power of music

http://www.nickreedent.com/

A friend sent this about a documentary on Alice Herz-Sommer, a concert pianist and holocaust survivor.  She’s 107 and absolutely AMAZING.  I had to share.  Be sure to watch the video promo.

Wendy

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