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New Mexico Symphonic Chorus: schedule and reviews
The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus (NMSC) was founded in 2011, but
it is substantially the same organization as the New Mexico
Symphony Orchestra (NMSO) Chorus (NMSOC): the same conductor, the same
singers. (The NMSO was founded in 1932 but became defunct in 2011. The
NMSOC dates back to the mid-1970s.)
See the official NMSC
homepage for the current organization. For my history
with the NMSOC 1995-2011, see my NMSOC
repertoire and reviews page. Just for fun, there's a
list of all the languages I've sung in
in the NMSC or NMSOC.
Roger Melone has been the conductor of this organization since
1983, and it is a testament to our devotion to him that pretty
much every singer in the NMSOC moved to the NMSC. Roger has a
worldwide reputation as a choral director; for example, he
conducted the world premiere of a new Menotti choral work at a
convention of the American Choral
Directors Association a few years ago.
Our chorus has received national recognition recently, invited
four times to the Bravo/Vail Valley Music Festival. We sang
Mozart's Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic in
2006. We were invited back three times to sing with the
Philadelphia Orchestra (Beethoven's Ninth in 2007 and
Carmina Burana in 2008 and 2011).
Shipman's NMSC newbie hints
I've written a small handout to introduce singers who are
new to the NMSC to some of our practices. It is an
eight-page PDF file:
NMSC newbie hints.
These live concert recordings may be purchased directly from
the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus
- Rachmaninoff, Vespers, October 2010. We were
still the New Mexico Symphony Chorus then.
- Mozart Requiem and Handel Coronation
Anthems, October 2011.
Repertoire, schedule, and reviews
- September 15–16, 2012: Mahler's Second Symphony, with the New
Mexico Philharmonic, at Popejoy Hall. My favorite piece in all of
- October 14, 2012, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center:
- Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass.
- Bernstein, Chichester Psalms.
- December 16, 2012: Handel, Messiah, Popejoy Hall.
- February 24, 2013: A “Choral Tapestry”.
- Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus.
- Weelkes, When David Heard.
- Bruckner, Os justi Meditabitur.
- Bruckner, Ave Maria.
- Brahms, Der Abend.
- Brahms, O Schöne Nacht.
- Houkom, The Red Pear Tree.
- Persichetti, Winter Cantata.
- Arr. Parker, Five Irish Songs with Harp.
- May, 2013: Brahms, Liebeslieder Waltzes;
Orff, Catulli Carmina. Have a look
at the Wikipedia entry for this piece. Some say that one reason it
is not as well known as Carmina Burana is that it
premiered smack in the middle of World War II.
- April 14, 6:00pm, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Third and
Silver, Albuquerque: a spring program of lightly accompanied and
a capella pieces.
- Dvořák: In Nature
- Górecki, Totus Tuus
- Pärt, Magnificat
- Ives, Psalm 90 for chorus, organ, and bells
- January 29, 2012 at National Hispanic Cultural Center:
Honegger, King David. A glorious, slam-bang
Old Testament oratorio, from the slingshot to Bathsheba
and the crowning of Solomon.
- October 23, 2011 at National Hispanic Cultural Center.
- Mozart, Requiem.
- Handel, Coronation Anthems
#1 (Zadok the Priest) and #2 (The King Shall Rejoice).
A CD of this performance is available from the NMSC for $15,
and I think it came out very well.
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