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Sunday Concert: American Boychoir Experience concert at Princeton Center for Arts & Education 2012 – YouTube

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September 7, 2014

The American Boychoir Experience is a programme in which boys from eight to twelve years old who might be interested in singing choral music with the choir get to experience one week in the life of an American Boychoir student without the academic classes. The week is a fully professional experience in choral training that includes music theory classes and a public performance as well as a Tour Bus event and some fun and games. The video is a little bit jerky but the singing definitely isn't. The American Boychoir are a stunningly good choir. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Léo Delibes (1836–1891): Lakmé

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August 31, 2014

Delibes' Lakmé is the source of the ubiquitous soprano Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais). It's based on an autobiographical novel by Pierre Loti Le Mariage de Loti sometimes called Raraha with a libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. Loti's writing accounts for the, very fashionable, exoticism. Delibes composed it in 1882 and it received its first performance on  April 14th 1883 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart. It was a popular piece in its time and stayed in the repertoire for many years. This popularity isn't really surprising it's a melodic masterpiece which calls not only for top class soprano singing but also for fine singing by the two principal male characters certainly it's well worth your while spending some time on if you've never seen and heard it in its entirety before. The performance below by Opera Australia is very fine –  keep your ears out for the Bell Song, Où va la jeune indoue? (Where does the young Indian girl go?). You'll find a synopsis here Lakme Synopsis - The Story of Delibes' Opera and can download the libretto as an RTF (wordpad) file from here Opera Manager - Opera Libretto. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Sunday Concert: Jessye Norman & Kathleen Battle – Spirituals in Concert – Complete – Youtube

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August 24, 2014

The by now legendary concert with James Levine conducting and Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle singing solos. It's a very hard-to-get-hold-of recording, and believe me I've tried. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Vivaldi Vespro per la Sacra Vergine Les Agremens, L G Alarcon

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August 21, 2014

Because good music is like good chocolate sometimes one piece isn't enough. That's why. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Bonus Sunday Earwig: Beatles Medley – Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal – Live, August 16th 2014.

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August 17, 2014

The Beatles as you've never heard them. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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