Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)

A Spanish Nativity Stile Antico Harmonia Mundi 902312 The “Golden Age” of Spanish polyphony (during the sixteenth century) yielded a number of pieces suitable for Christmastime by some of the finest composers of the Renaissance: Tomás Luis de Victoria, Franciso Guerrero, and Cristóbal de Morales. On the a cappella vocal group Stile Antico’s latest disc,Continue reading “Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)”

Tallis Scholars: new CD, Concerts in Princeton and New York

Now in their forty-sixth year of singing, the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, have long made an annual December concert at Church of St. Mary the Virgin in midtown Manhattan a stop on their winter tour. Part of Miller Theatre’s Early Music Series, these concerts have focused on Renaissance polyphony, but there have alsoContinue reading “Tallis Scholars: new CD, Concerts in Princeton and New York”

Release Day! Composers at Westminster Recording

On Friday, October 25th, Westminster Choir College’s recording label, distributed by Naxos, will release “Composers at Westminster,” a digital recording of works by the composition faculty. It includes music by Stefan Young, Joel Phillips, Jay Kawarsky, Ronald Hemmel, and Christian Carey. Three of the college’s choirs, conducted by Joe Miller, James Jordan, and Amanda Quist,Continue reading “Release Day! Composers at Westminster Recording”

Upcoming Performance: Westminster Kantorei

On April 28th, 2018, two of my Magnificat Antiphons will be performed by Westminster Kantorei, Amanda Quist, conductor. Kantorei will be recording them the following week for release on Westminster Choir College’s imprint (distributed by Naxos). I have been at Westminster since 2004. I am thrilled that, for the first time, my work will beContinue reading “Upcoming Performance: Westminster Kantorei”

Bach Christmas Oratorio – the Dunedin Consort

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) Mary Bevan and Joanne Lunn, sopranos; Clare Wilkinson and Ciara Hendrick, mezzo-sopranos; Nicholas Mulroy and Thomas Hobbs, tenors; Matthew Brook and Konstantin Wolff, bass-baritones. Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt. Linn CKD 499 (2xCD) First, I’ll admit that at Christmas Messiah has most often been my jam; I have severalContinue reading “Bach Christmas Oratorio – the Dunedin Consort”

“O Emmanuel,” performed by the Wesley Singers (Soundcloud)

Last year, the Wesley Singers, conducted by Dr. Gareth Bond, recorded my set of Magnificat Antiphons for SSATB chorus.  To interested choir directors out there, I would say,”Advent is coming!”

Aquarius Sings Arvo Pärt

Magnificent Magnificat Arvo Pärt Aquarius chamber choir, conducted by Marc Michael De Smet Jade Music   This collection of choral music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt celebrates his eightieth birthday. It is programmed to emphasize his interpretations of Marian texts such as the Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, and O Antiphons, all of which are central to hisContinue reading “Aquarius Sings Arvo Pärt”

Hymn for Harvard Chapel Service

On November 24th at 8:45 AM, Carson Cooman will be playing a chapel service consisting entirely of my music at Appleton Chapel of Memorial Church at Harvard University. In addition to performing the solo organ piece “Chanson Variations,” he will be joined by the Harvard Choral Fellows to premiere my Psalm 103 anthem and theContinue reading “Hymn for Harvard Chapel Service”

Performances of Magnificat Antiphons

The Wesley Choir of Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, Virginia, conducted by Dr. Gareth H. Bond, will be premiering my cycle of Magnificat Antiphons throughout the 2015 Advent Season. Here are the performance dates and a bulletin insert that discusses the pieces. 11/15 Offertory “O Sapientia” by Christian Carey 11/15 Anthem “O Adonai” byContinue reading “Performances of Magnificat Antiphons”

The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)

The Song of the Stars British Music for Upper Voice Choir Naxos CD 8.573427 Wells Cathedral School Choralia, conducted by Christopher Finch; Eleanor Turner, harp; Elliot Launn, piano Occupying as it does an important niche in choral literature, the CD Song of the Stars demonstrates the vitality and importance of Naxos Records’s “no stone leftContinue reading “The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)”