Monday, November 23, 2009

How To: Purchase Our CD

Are you looking to purchase a copy of our newest CD? We thought so! "This is the Sound of Harmony" is available online through Digistation. The CD will also be available on iTunes soon and can be purchased at BCC Central for $15.

CDs make a great gift! Buy one today!

Visiting Composer: Eric Banks

On Thursday, November 19th, Eric Banks visited Premier Choir rehearsal. Last spring, BCC commissioned Eric to write a piece that would further our connection with Arabic Music. Eric created "A New Alphabet" a song that combines text in Arabic and English, in which all of the letters of the Arabic alphabet are used. "A New Alphabet" is a challenging piece and working with Eric gave us great insight into his thought process and helped us take the piece to a new level of understanding. Look forward to our December Newsletter for more information on our collaboration with Eric Banks!

Mass Advocates for Children 40th Anniversary Celebration and WGBH Open House!

On November 13th, Premier and Young Men's Ensemble performed for the Massachusetts Advocates for Children 40th Anniversary Celebration. During its forty-year history, MAC has been at the forefront of statewide advocacy efforts to protect and expand the rights of children in urban education reform, special education, and other critical areas. MAC’s constituency has always been those children who face the greatest barriers to educational success, due to disability, race/ethnicity, language and/or poverty. After an introduction from our own Hubie Jones, PC sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" while a slide-show honoring the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a showtunes fan, was projected behind the choir. BCC was glad to be apart of honoring Senator Kennedy's legacy and extraordinary legislative successes on behalf of children, education, and people with disabilities.

On November 17th, PC performed at WGBH's Member Open House where WGBH members enjoyed tours of WGBH's state-of-the-art TV and radio studios, and got the behind-the-scenes details on the creative process at WGBH. Premier Choir gave a performance every half an hour for the duration of the event making it possible for us to reach over a hundred people over the course of then night. Singing in the Fraser Performance Center brought back memories of the wonderful recording sessions we did at WGBH for our new CD, "This is the Sound of Harmony" copies of which were sold at the event. Between performances, we had the special chance to meet and catch up with our pals Curious George and Rough Ruffman, from Fetch with Ruff Ruffman. Fun was had by all!

Happy Halloween from BCC!

Much to the singers of Dorchester House Intermediate's amusement, Ms. Adams and Mr. Reynolds did a little switcheroo for their Halloween costumes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

CD Release! Documentary Preview! Fall Concert!

Last week was a BIG ONE for BCC. How many choirs can say they released a CD, held a documentary screening, and hosted a self-produced concert featuring over 400 kids, many of whom were on-stage for the very first time, in one week? Well... the Boston Children's Chorus can!

Our newest, soon-to-be-on-iTunes CD, titled "This is the Sound of Harmony" was released this past Thursday, and already, hundreds of copies have been sold and it is receiving rave reviews. The CD features songs of a variety of styles from the past three years, and accurately captures the amount of growth that BCC has experienced in so little time.

Additionally, members of the BCC community and the Boston community at large gathered in the Boston Public Libary's Rabb Hall to view a preview for Olivia Spaletta's documentary on our tour to Jordan this past summer. Watching the preview brought back great memories for singers and staff alike, and very accurately depicted the experiences and emotions of traveling to Jordan.

On Saturday, November 7th, BCC's first self-produced concert of the year, featuring all nine choirs of the Boston Children's Chorus, titled "A La Carte" was held at Tremont Temple. The concert was a tremendous success on all levels. For many BCC singers, it was their first time performing with the chorus and all singers really rose to the occasion. Managing 400 singers of course creates some logistical challenges, but thanks to wonderful planning and the help of City Year volunteers, the day ran very smoothly.

Finally, on November 8th, singers from Premier Choir had the joy of performing at Pine Street Inn's "Knit-A-Thon" where committed volunteers were able to create over 40 blankets for Pine Street's Supportive Housing Program.

October Performances

October was a busy month for BCC! In addition to performing at Blooming Arts, the Samaritan's 5k, and Fenway Alliance's "Opening Our Doors Day", BCC gave another four performances and hosted singers from the American Boy Choir, held three retreats, a leadership training session, and a parent's meeting! Whew!

On October 10th, PC performed at the American Academy of Arts and Science's Induction Ceremony. The event was in Sanders Theater, which is always a wonderful space to sing in -- the acoustics are incredible. Notable speakers at the event were Emmylou Harris and James Earl Jones. We hope they enjoyed our singing!

On October 23rd, PC performed for the opening event of the first annual Boston Book Festival! This event, at Trinity Church, was especially enjoyable for PC singers because instead of waiting backstage, PC was seated on-stage for the duration of the event allowing singers see the others special guests (Livingston Taylor, Benjamin Zander and Richard Russo) do their thing. PC's performance inspired our new friend, Livingston Taylor, to remark, "I'm on to you guys like cheap whiskey!". We had a great time.

October 28th was a double performance day for BCC. Villa Victoria Training Choir gave a wonderful performance at Boston City Mission Society's first Community Appreciation Night. The CMS, an urban social justice agency, is the oldest multi-service agency in New England, and strives to unite and strengthen the community by focusing on homelessness prevention, youth peace promotion, and faith and community. Additionally, at almost exactly the same time, Premier Choir performed for arguably the most well-known African-American rabbi in the U.S., Rabbi Capers C. Funnye, and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. What an exciting day!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Villa Victoria Performs at Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors Day!

On Columbus Day, Villa Victoria singers met at the Christian Science Plaza to perform at Fenway Alliance's Kick Off Event for their annual "Opening Our Doors Day". The Fenway Alliance is a group that aims to promote the arts in the Fenway area and foster collaboration between arts organizations and the community. VV's performance at this event was one of BCC's first performances of the year! All singers, new and old, did their part to give a great performance.