Archive Page 2




Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

houston-chamber-choir-pub-2011-20121

The long-running Antiques Roadshow is nothing more or less than a parade of strange and exotic old stuff hiding in people’s attics, storerooms, living rooms, and garages: a kaleidoscope of everything from tables to rings to old guns and everything in-between with no end in sight to the finds to be had from around the world and in one’s own home.

While relegated mostly to libraries and other scholarly institutions, the parade of long-forgotten and/or presumed-lost pieces of music continues unabated, and the Vespers of Giovanni Paolo Colonna is no exception, having only come to light after centuries of hiding away in a forgotten nook and cranny of the world.  Come and hear the soaring music of Colonna as we present a work not having been heard perhaps in three-hundred years or more.

Full concert and ticket information


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

houston-chamber-choir-pub-2011-20121

Once again, the Houston Chamber Choir ‘takes the stage’, as it were, at the transcendent Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, starting off its season in Renaissance and modern style with the music of Anerio, Pärt, and John Taverner.  Our performances in this sacred space are always ethereal and sublime, putting to rest the notion that ‘old’ church music is somehow archaic and no longer relevant to our present age of Lady Gaga, all-things-Apple, and troubles worldwide.

Full concert and ticket information


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Rabbi Walter at-left...to his left is Rabbi David Segal, who grew up at Emanu-El under Rabbi Walter's tutelage

Rabbi Walter, at-left...to his left is Rabbi David Segal, who grew up at Emanu-El under Rabbi Walter's tutelage

+ + +

I am a Christian.  And for the past ten years, I have had a rabbi.

Since October 2001, I have sung in the professional choir of Congregation Emanu-El in Houston, Texas, which has been led since 1978 by Senior Rabbi Roy A. Walter who was brought in by then-Senior Rabbi Robert I. Kahn, of blessed memory, as an Associate Rabbi in 1970.  Rabbi Walter at the close of this week’s Shabbat (sundown-Friday-to-sundown-Saturday 20-21 May) retires as Senior Rabbi, becoming Rabbi Emeritus.  His last service as Senior Rabbi will be Saturday morning 20 May.

I can safely speak for the whole of the professional choir that we have revered Rabbi Walter as a father-figure, and while we are happy as all-get-out he will leave the pulpit for many years of healthy and happy retirement, we have for a long time dreaded this week.

Thank you, Roy Walter, for being our rabbi, and thank you, sir, for being our friend.  You have been a joy to serve, and we wish you godspeed in the years to come.

Shabbat Shalom.

+ + +

Rabbi Walter’s biography from the Emanu-El website
Houstonlifestyles.com blurb about this weekend’s tribute for Rabbi Walter
Official information page from Emanu-El’s website about this weekend’s Rabbi Walter tribute

The above photo is from http://houstonlifestyles.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/h-walter-511.gif though on the original website, no photo credit is given.


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Quack-in-the-Box cover art by Len Peralta

Quack-in-the-Box cover art by Len Peralta

I know Chris and Clare through a mutual friend, and in addition to their toddler, their other baby is Don Gusano Games, through which comes to the world Quack-in-the-Box, a biting satire of malpractice and incompetence in the medical field. Continue reading ‘Quack-in-the-Box’


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

The village of Pyla in the United Nations Buffer Zone on the island of Cyprus is the site of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP). My little brother, Ian Ragsdale, is producing and directing a documentary on this archeological survey, and I have a large part to play in this film’s music. Continue reading ‘Voices from Cyprus’

Ruby


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

ruby-1

My niece (by little brother Ian and Randi), Ruby Renee Ragsdale, was born 2 October 2009, healthy and happy.   She is Ian and Randi’s first child and the photographer, Wendi Schoffstall, is quite remarkable.

More Ruby (and more of Wendi’s work) here

A taboo subject…


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

…because as Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times puts it, “No, gang rape isn’t exactly great fodder for cocktail parties. It’s incredibly uncomfortable and depressing to speak about — and that’s probably one reason it’s gone on as long as it has, with relatively little attention. It’s taboo to discuss — not only in countries like Liberia or Sudan [or the Congo, for that matter], but here in the US as well. It needs to stop, and we can help make that happen.”  He talks more about it in his blog.   More about this situation here as well.

And yes, sexual violence is not an easy thing to speak out about, but speaking out about it needs to happen.  And by way of letters and calls to our federal legislators and president, yes we can — make things happen.  It’s our country.  It’s our world.  And I will be writing my letters today.  :-)

Jeff

Cabildo


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

www.transposemysong.com

www.transposemysong.com

The Cabildo in New Orleans was built in 1799 and served as the place’s town council building up to and after annexation by the United States, ceasing in that function in the 1850s.  This place stands at the center of the history of Louisiana and was the location of the ceremony marking the Louisiana Purchase.

The American composer Amy Beach wrote Cabildo, her only opera in 1932.  Set inside the Cabildo itself, it was never performed in her lifetime, receiving its premiere in 1947.  The only fully-professional production was staged in 1995, and as far as I know, it was not performed again until this past week when Houston-based Opera Vista gave the work’s New Orleans premiere inside the Cabildo itself to rave reception.

For this production, Opera Vista’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman needed a new score and orchestral parts transcribed from the original manuscript which was nigh-on-illegible.  Yes, it was legible enough (barely) for a transcription to be made, but certainly not for performance, and no orchestral parts could be found.  And while Viswa was the brains behind the editing and final decisions with the new score and parts, he did not have the time to do the grunt-work of transcribing the hundred-page full score or to make the needed parts.

This is where Transpose My Song came in.  Using industry-standard software, I was able to do the many hours of grunt-work Viswa needed to have done.  He then was free to do other things and had more freedom to make the changes and edits necessary to make Cabildo come alive for the audiences of New Orleans.  The performances were a triumph, and I am proud Transpose My Song was able to play a part.


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Frankfurt am Main, February 6, 1965
original found here

Come Sunday — The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
purchase a season subscription | purchase individual tickets

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 3:30pm
purchase a season subscription | purchase individual tickets

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
3826 Wheeler Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004

Continuing a tradition begun with Dave Brubeck and his quartet in 2006, the Houston Chamber Choir turns its talents to jazz. Duke Ellington, like Brubeck, wrote sacred music throughout his career. The Chamber Choir and guest singers join forces with a stellar big band lead by Barrie Lee Hall, Ellington’s long-time trumpeter and pianist Paul English in this rare glimpse into sacred side of The Duke.


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/tenor/public_html/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 413

Portrait of Mendelssohn by the English miniaturist James Warren Childe (1778-1862), 1839

After Bach

Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Click here to purchase individual tickets through Da Camera of Houston

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002

Da Camera of Houston and the Houston Chamber Choir collaborate once again, this time to trace the influences of J. S. Bach into the 19th century. Franz Liszt’s “Via Crucis,” a late work scored for two pianos and chorus, will be featured along with a cappella settings by Felix Mendelssohn commemorating the 200th anniversary of his birth.

+ + +

Liszt’s “Via Crucis” is not done all that often, but I can tell you that it’s very, very cool.  The Mendelssohn will be an exciting contrast and complement to the Liszt and will be a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening.