Park Slope Singers

Yet another weekend of excellent choral music from one of Brooklyn’s community choruses. This time it is the Park Slope Singers, under the expert direction of Ira Spaulding. This is my chorus, so I admit my bias right off the bat. We are really, really good. Don’t believe me? Come hear us some time. We…

Brooklyn Community Chorus

It was freezing outside, but after spending this evening at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope listening to the Brooklyn Community Chorus, I left with a warm glow and a song in my heart. I love community choruses, and this one is so big, they threaten to fall off their risers! Co-Artistic Directors Steven Coburn…

3rd Annual Park Slope Messiah Sing Along

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Congregation Beth Elohim co-hosted a community sing along of Handel’s Messiah. Many of Brooklyn’s wonderful choirs were well represented, as well as fellow Brooklynites from the community at large. The chamber orchestra and amazing soloists made for a wonderful singing experience. I can’t think…

Early Music New York

Last night, I attended A Dutch Christmas at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was presented by Early Music New York. I have seen this group perform several times and it is always a wonderful treat. To hear them perform in a beautiful, intimate cathedral chapel really transports me back in time. In…

On Behalf of Nature

I have had a hard time making up my mind what to say about tonight’s performance. Interestingly, eekahil’s comment on the BAM blog helps me. I, too, have seen a number of Meredith Monk performances — at BAM and at Danspace Project. I am very familiar with her movement and vocal style, and consider myself…

Black Mountain Songs

Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry and their fellow composers and musicians created a wonderful evening of music tonight, and it seems to me that the creativity and playful freedom of Black Mountain College really came through. I am always blown away by the talent of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. They tackle such difficult music and…

New York City Labor Chorus

My friend’s mom sings in this chorus and her mother gifted me with a ticket to their performance on Saturday, November 15, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The concert honored one of my personal heroes, Pete Seeger. I am a big fan of choruses. Singing with others creates community. Singing with others for…