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Stephen Chatman (b.1950): Choir Practice, opera / UBC Opera Ensemble, UBC SO, Jonathan Girard

Album Summary

>Chatman, Stephen : Choir Practice, comic opera in 1 act
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In a community hall in Vancouver, circa 1985, a somewhat motley blend of characters arrive for choir rehearsal. There's Dawn, a blind woman, who sees more than most. Corey, a shy and stuttering tenor keen to join the choir who soon attracts the eye of a curvaceous soprano. Warm-ups, roll call and plenty of comic conflicts ensue as a dozen singers prepare for a national competition. Willie is the well-intentioned director, but his most successful conquests to date are anything but musical - in fact they rival those of Don Giovanni! After various interruptions and a near-fatal duel between rival sopranos, a miracle takes place. The individuals are magically melded into a choir and a world of light, harmony, understanding, and musical perfection. Dawn leads the way in the rousing Finale: Darkness to Delight. Through all the nonsense and Hanky Panky, things come round right!

Choir Practice: A Comic Opera in One Act, takes place in a community hall in Vancouver in the mid-1980s. As the motley crew of characters prepare for a national competition, comic conflicts ensue. Composer Stephan Chatman, C.M., D.M.A., is a popular Canadian composer. He has been presented with numerous awards, and is Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. "Choir Practice's overriding theme is the transformative power of music; it makes its point through a dialectical mix of materials encompassing a wide range of musical and comedic ideas." (David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun) This recording is performed by the University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble under the direction of Nancy Hermiston, and members of University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Girard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Old Auditorium, University of British Columbia, Vancouv (05/09/2015/05/11/2015).


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Works Details

>Chatman, Stephen : Choir Practice, comic opera in 1 act
  • Conductor: Jonathan Girard
  • Ensemble: University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble
  • Notes: Old Auditorium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (05/09/2015/05/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live