I will be performing a concert with the William Ferris Chorale this Friday evening (12/1/06) at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chicago, Illinois. Music Director Paul French will be conducting the concert. Call 773-325-2000 for tickets. The church near the corner of Belmont Ave. and Halstead St. in Chicago. We are also recording this work this week for Cedille Records.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a beautiful structure with a very resonant (“churchy”) acoustic. It is a good setting for Snowcarols, the piece we are playing. Snowcaols was written by William Ferris in 1979.
Here is some biographical information about William Ferris:
William Ferris, who was Chicago-born and -trained, has had his music performed by major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, premiered at Britain’s prestigious Aldeburgh Festival in 1986 and broadcast world-wide by the BBC. He was the founder and conductor of the internationally acclaimed William Ferris Chorale, an ensemble that specializes in 20th century choral music until his sudden death on May 16, 2000 as he conducted a rehearsal of the Verdi Requiem. Snowcarols, a work he wrote for the Chorale in 1980, was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.
YOu can read more about William Ferris here.