Well, there really isn’t much other in life than music and cycling, is there? I suppose a bit of worry about the crazy man in Washington DC does creep in now and then. But I try to stay focused on the important things in life. Music and cycling.
I have spent a full week choosing the music for the next semester at Rikkyo University, sandwiching in longish bike rides when possible. That and planning for some upcoming long rides (more on that later). All of the music for this semester will be new to the choir. After completing the England tour a year ago and the recent CD recording, it seemed like time to go in a new direction, musically. Thanks to suggestions by choir members, I have come to know the choral music of Ola Gjeilo. What wonderful stuff! It is too good to keep to myself, so I’ll share a couple of Youtube videos. I dare you not to experience goosebumps!
Here is an excellent performance by the Phoenix Chorale of “Northern Lights.” The alto section finally gets a part they can enjoy!
Here is another by Gjeilo I’m thinking about for this coming Christmas. It’s sheer beauty brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. The students at Luther College do a very nice job with the work.
Of course the Rikkyo choir will sing music from it’s core rep as well (the English cathedral and college tradition). How about some Weelkes for your Evensong?
Finally, an old chestnut. Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” from the Vespers. (The chorus enters midway through the work)