A Glimpse into Painting in Song with John Myers and Crescendo

Norman-Rockwell-Museum5:30 pm • Friday, June 24th 2016
Norman Rockwell Museum • Stockbridge, MA

If you have been a fan of the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival, you hopefully have had the chance to get a glimpse into the process of bringing an orchestral piece to life through the “Composer to Center Stage” reading sessions. This Friday, you also have the opportunity to see a composer working with a chorus in bringing a choral work to life.

As part of an adventurous multi-disciplinary project of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Crescendo Chorus, a first public reading of “Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell” is taking place. With music and text composed by Dr. John Myers, Crescendo will be performing the work in full sometime during Spring 2017 (stay tuned for more news on that).

Friday’s hour-long event is a first reading of the work and will be conducted by Crescendo’s founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert. A select group of singers from the Crescendo Chorus and Youth Singers, accompanied by a small group of instrumentalists, will be performing excerpts. The reading takes place in the Museum galleries, in proximity to some of the same iconic paintings, which are referenced in the extended work for full chorus and small jazz/chamber ensemble. Throughout this performance, John Myers and Christine Gevert offer insights into the creative process and explain some musical aspects of the composition.

There is no admission charge for this event, so this is a great way to be introduced to the Norman Rockwell Museum if you have never been there. No doubt, you’ll want to return to take in everything! Happy musicking with the spirit of Mr. Rockwell!

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