March 26, 2011
Music Appreciation, Saturday Class
Concert Report #1
CONCERT REPORT #1
On Tuesday, March 22nd, I attended a Choral Artists Recital at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. The recital was given as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree for conductors, Kevin M. Klotz and Paulo Gomes. The recital was split in two parts. Mr. Klotz conducted the first half of the recital and Mr. Gomes conducted the second half. Both parts were very formal with the men in tuxedos and the women in evening gowns. While the two parts were very different from each other, they were both equally enjoyable.
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Mr. Gomes program was very different from Mr. Klotz in that Mr. Gomes programmed focused more on the choir and soloists than on any instruments. In fact, until the last few songs, there were not instruments, only accappella. His works included, Exultate Deo by Alessandro Scarlatti, Mon Coeur Se Recommande a Vous by Orlando DiLasso, Alleluia by Randall Thompson, Cantique de Jean Racine, Gabriel Faure, Ave Maria by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Muie Rendera by Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca, Finale from The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan arr. Henry Clough Leighter, and Romacero Gitano by Mario Casterluovo-Tedesco. Mr. Gomes program was a bit livelier and also included more secular works. My favorite was Muie Rendera. The tempo was fast paced and seemed more folk inspired. The choir seemed to really enjoy singing it and it showed in their enthusiasm with the words. I also really enjoyed Ave Maria and the Finale from The Gondoliers. They both incorporated the piano and it was so beautiful and soothing. The Finale from The Gondoliers featured a four-hand piano and I had never...