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Dale Warland & the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale

Posted at 12:30 AM on July 10, 2014 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Filed under: Choral Music

photo from www.dalewarland.com 

It's after midnight and I have to record the hardest piece of choral music I've ever attempted in just under ten hours. I'm sitting here, wide awake at my computer, absolutely wired, thinking about all of the mind-blowing musical experiences I have had the past few days and all the exciting things yet to come. I have studied this man and his legacy for years, but to actually get the opportunity to sing for him and absorb his magic has been humbling and inspiring.

It's a build-up to a weekend of choral music by Vincent Persichetti, Arvo Pärt and a work by Dominick Argento that Argento is calling his final composition, and it is dedicated to Dale Warland.

And because I'm in the choir, here's an Inside Information Alert: Maestro Warland was so pleased with how the choir was performing that he released us an hour early during Tuesday's final rehearsal. That has never ever happened. For an über-perfectionist like Dale Warland to be so pleased to allow his choir to go one hour early means he must be feeling pretty good about the concerts coming up this weekend in Winona. As I understand it, Sunday's concert is basically sold out and tickets for Saturday's concert are selling quickly.

One hour before each program, Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Brian Newhouse will host a pre-concert talk with Dale Warland.

Sneak Peek of the Program

Arvo Pärt's Kyrie from the Berliner Messe, performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Vincent Persichetti's Flowers of Stone from the Flower Songs (Cantata No. 6), performed by the The University of Texas Chamber Singers

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Photos by Jake Runestad