William ferris chorale - paul french - american choral premieres


Attractive choral works by an important American composer (and choral director). Title track "Snowcarols" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when it was written in 1980. The William Ferris Chorale is one of the finest mid-sized choirs in the nation. The group has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Spoleto Festival, and has given over 175 world, American, and Chicago premieres of important new literature. "The William Ferris Chorale sang beautifully - they had style and a lovely sound - a superb job." - The Washington Post. "For more than three decades the William Ferris Chorale has occupied a special niche in the Chicago area's rich choral music scene. The ensemble has regained its well-remembered form since Paul French became music director. He has infused it with new vitality, new vision, new purpose." - Chicago Tribune

The 2013-14 season in San Antonio includes a Dvorak Festival, featuring Symphonies Nr. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, the Cello Concerto with Jian Wang, Violin Concerto with Nancy Zhou, and Piano Concerto with Michel Dalberto, as well as concert performances of  Rusalka . Other soloists this season include Joshua Bell, Karen Gomyo, Jonathan Biss and Tine Thing Helselth. He also conducts Korngold’s  Die Tote Stadt  with Dallas Opera, debuts with Seattle Opera for their prestigious International Wagner Competition, and conducts a tour by Teatro San Carlo of Naples to the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, featuring Rossini’s  The Barber of Seville  and a Verdi Gala concert. On the concert stage he leads Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony with the Gran Canaria Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic (Florida) for a concert programme with Renée Fleming, the Belgrade Philharmonic in a programme with the Schumann Cello Concerto and excerpts from Berlioz’ and Prokfiev’s  Romeo and Juliet , and the Tianjin Symphony in China with Brahms’s Symphony Nr. 3 and Bruckner’s Symphony Nr. 6. In September 2013, Renée Fleming’s new album  Guilty Pleasures  was released on Decca, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Lang-Lessing.


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