This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blue Bird Op. 119

The Saint Joseph's College Choral Concert was well attended on Sunday, April 25. The video below has one complete piece, The Blue Bird by Charles Villiers Stanford. Since I was not in a great location to record, I thought it best to put in some pictures of spring to make the piece more visually appealing. You might enjoy comparing this performance to others. Search youtube for Stanford Blue Bird and you will find a number of other recordings, most done with better equipment.

At the end of the video you can hear the dueling sopranos, Paige Poprovack and Renée Rybolt, in an excerpt from Pie Jesu, which is part of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. Poprovack is heard first, then Rybolt, and finally they sing together. The Requiem was a difficult piece to perform, and the choir did an excellent job with it. Saint Joe's has had over the past four years two excellent sopranos, and there is another who is a junior and who will undoubtedly be featured in performances next year. (What do you think they should perform? How about this?)

Paige Poprovack was the lead female in The Pirates of Penzance, and this blog has featured Renée Rybolt here and here.

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