June 2, 2020 –
Together In Song, Together In Hope: Episode 8: Tenors Cook, Dixon & Young
This week we continue our effort to bring some light as we wait out the virus in our homes, and as we as a society contemplate and try to nurture our relationships with each other.
In this installment, Rackham Choir shares two recordings featuring tenors Rod Dixon, Victor Trent Cook, and Thomas Young—known as “Cook, Dixon, and Young”—who joined us for an exciting Evening With Alvin Waddles and Friends early last season.
The first selection—from their CD Cook, Dixon & Young Volume 1—is a medley of traditional spirituals arranged by Waddles and sung by all three tenors. Click here to view. The second is the pleading “Make Them Hear You,” from Ragtime, featuring Rod Dixon from the cast recording of Three Mo’ Tenors. Click here to view.
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May 25, 2020 –
Together In Song, Together In Hope: Episode 7: Rackham Choir Sings The National Anthem
This week we continue our effort to bring some light as we wait out the virus in our homes. In this installment, Rackham Choir sings The National Anthem. This recording was originally used as an audition piece to sing at the Detroit Tigers baseball game. Rackham Choir offers it this Memorial Day in remembrance of our U.S. military personnel that passed away in service. We sing this anthem with pride as we remember those that we have lost, salute their comrades in arms, and thank their families for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf. To view, click here.
May 19, 2020 –
Together In Song, Together In Hope: Episode 6 – Rackham Choir Sings “Va Pensiero”, virtually
This week we continue our effort to bring some light as we wait out the virus in our homes. In this installment, 33 singers of our chorus with conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton are taking you to their homes with their first ever virtual performance: “Va Pensiero” from the third act of the opera Nabucco. Rackham Choir singer Simone Bonino compiled all the singers’ videos and created our virtual chorus for you all to see and hear. Rackham Choir has performed this song at various concerts and special events in the past, and we share it today as a message of hope and peace during this pandemic. Click here to watch the video. See the English text below:
Fly, my thoughts, on wings of gold;
go settle upon the slopes and the hills,
where, soft and mild, the sweet airs
of my native land smell fragrant!
Greet the banks of the Jordan
and Zion’s toppled towers.
Oh, my homeland, so lovely and so lost!
Oh memory, so dear and so dead!
Golden harp of the prophets of old,
why do you now hang silent upon the willow?
Rekindle the memories in our hearts,
and speak of times gone by!
Mindful of the fate of Solomon’s temple,
Let me cry out with sad lamentation,
or else may the Lord strengthen me
to bear these sufferings!
May 12, 2020 –
Together In Song, Together In Hope: Episode 5a – Rodrick Dixon
This week we continue our effort to bring some light and hope to all as we wait out the virus in our homes. In this installment, we feature song selections from two of our Too Hot to Handel soloists. The first is tenor Rodrick Dixon singing Somewhere from West Side Story. This recording is from the special, “Hallelujah Broadway” that showcases inspirational songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. Enjoy the beauty and expression that Rod creates in this song. To view the video, click here.
|Together In Song, Together In Hope: Episode 5b – Alfreda Burke |
In this installment we feature song selections from our Too Hot to Handel soloist soprano, Alfreda Burke singing “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music. This recording is also from the special “Hallelujah Broadway” that showcases inspirational songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. Enjoy the expression and hope that Alfreda relays in this song. To view the video click here.
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May 5, 2020 –
This week we continue our effort to bring some light and hope to all as we wait out the virus in our homes. (Watch the videos after 7p.m. Tuesdays.)
Episode #4a video features one of our senior high school singers, baritone Ben Ward, singing “I’ll Sail Upon the Dog Star”. Ben plans to attend Western Michigan University as a Music Therapy Major. Rackham choir wishes him much success in his future music endeavors. To view the video, click here.
Episode #4b video features one of our junior high school singers, soprano Lacey Cooper singing “My Heart’s Delight”. Lacey will be a senior in high school starting this fall and will be auditioning for colleges in early 2021. Rackham choir wishes her much success in her future music endeavors. To view the video, click here.
April 28, 2020 –
In this two-video installment, we feature 2 of our 2019-2020 Rackham Choir interns presenting songs from their postponed Voices of Tomorrow Concert. Today’s video features two of our senior high school singers; tenor Jarrett Hazelton singing “O del mio dolce ardor” and mezzo-soprano Margaret Piazzon singing “Steal Away“. These song selections were used as part of their audition process earlier this year. Jarrett plans to attend the University of Cincinnati as a vocal performance major and Margaret plans to attend Michigan State University as a vocal performance major. Rackham choir wishes them much success on their future music endeavors. To view Jarrett’s performance, click here. To view Margaret’s performance, click here.
April 21, 2019 –
This week we continue our effort to bring some light and hope to all as we wait out the virus in our homes. We present “Together in Song, Together in Hope” Episode 2, Pie Jesu. This video comes from our 2019 intern concert “Rising to the Top” at First presbyterian Church of Royal Oak. The performance of Pie Jesu, from “Requiem” by Andrew Lloyd Weber, features soprano Rachel Miltimore and mezzo-soprano Natalie Corrigan. These singers were part of the Rackham Choir high school intern program for two years until graduating high school. Rachel Miltimore is currently studying at Brigham Young University as a vocal performance major. Natalie Corrigan is currently studying at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and is a double major of voice and biology. You can find more information about the Rackham choir internship program and how to audition here https://rackhamchoir.org/education/ To view the performance video, click here #TogetherApart #Quarantunes
April 14, 2019 –
Due to the Corona Virus, events for the remainder of our 2019-2020 season have been cancelled. Instead, we are launching “Together in Song, Together in Hope” — weekly musical performances from Rackham Choir and its members, posted on our social media pages. “We have been singing for Detroit for 70 years, and we are committed to staying connected to our musical community. We’re so excited to share these music selections with you.” – Suzanne Mallare Acton, artistic director. First up, Sanctus From Mass in Blue. Performed at the Alvin Waddles and Friends concert October 2019. To view, CLICK HERE #TogetherApart #Quarantunes