Friday, April 22, 2011

The Glee Club in The New York Times!

The YGC received a rave review of its April 8 performance with the Yale Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Read the full review and the feature story about our concert and reunion weekend that ran as a preview. Some highlights:

"exciting, beautifully sung,"

"powerful,"

"one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous,"

"[The Glee Club] is to the television show 'Glee' approximately what the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are to 'American Idol.'"

The YGC Blog would also like to attest that, indeed, our "director, Jeffrey Douma, didn’t settle for an evening of chestnuts." This concert - the sustained high notes in "Nemo", the rhythms of "Partition" - was extremely tricky, some of the most difficult music we've sung. And some of the most beautiful. At Carnegie, the audience came with us every step (and half-step) of the way, from Dominick Argento's "Dover Beach Revisited," James MacMillan's "Nemo Te Condemnavit," Michael Gilbertson's "Weep You No more," and Robert Vuichard's "Zephyr Rounds" through Ted Hearne's "Partition," and finally Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem." We'd like to thank them for that, to thank the composers of these works, many of whom were in attendance at Carnegie, and to thank Jeff -- for pushing us musically to be the best that we can be, and for teaching us to love it.