It's summer time and performers are heading off to music festivals, including host Kent Tritle. This week we journey with Kent to the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield Massachusetts, where he has conducted performances during the month of July. Celebrating its thirtieth season, the festival attracts more than 1,000 singers who perform in six concerts under six different conductors.
We begin in Vancouver with director Tom Hall. This year, Hall conducted the vocal quartet Anonymous Four along with 100 volunteer singers in Richard Einhorn’s music for the silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc." Hall, who regularly appears at the Berkshire Festival, is director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and has appeared in New York with various ensembles including Musica Sacra.
Elsewhere on the East Coast, Julian Wachner, the newly appointed music director at Trinity Church Wall Street, appeared at the festival this July. He led the festival chorus in a performance of Mendelssohn's masterpiece Elijah. We hear a stunning performance of Elijah by Rafael Frübeck de Burgos conducting the Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir.
Rounding out the show is a classic recording of Monteverdi's Vespers with Choir of Kings College Cambridge under Philip Ledger. Maestro Tritle will lead a performance of this Baroque masterpiece for the closing concert of the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Playlist (in alphabetical order by composer):
Berkshire Choral Festival
Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
Nancy Argenta and Carolyn Watkinson, soloists
Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra
Rafael Frübeck de Burgos conducting
Pro Cantione Antiqua, Knabenchor Hannover, Collegium Aureum, Musica Fiata
Vespro della Beata Vergine
Choir of Kings College Cambridge