Monday, February 23, 2009

R. Nathaniel Dett Chorale: 'Voices of the Diaspora...Dett to Africa' Feb. 25 & 28

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale
Monday, February 23, 2009 
“Tonight I went to the first rehearsal for the 10th anniversary reunion concert of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Singing at the centre of a choir of forty big-voiced musicians with a wall of basses reverberating behind me was truly wondrous. As the sound swelled up in a wave around and through me, a tumult of emotions filled my heart to overflowing. It was such a joy to sing with so many who not only excel at their craft, but were on the same jubilant high as me, deeply engaged, delighted to be making music together. If you are in Toronto, and you are free on Wednesday or Saturday of this week, c'mon down to the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC for our concert. You won't be disappointed. For the rest of you, CBC will be taping our Saturday show (or part of it) for future broadcast. Ariel Fielding, NDC alumna”

What: Voices of the Diaspora...Dett to Africa
Where: Glenn Gould Studio
When: Wednesday and Saturday nights, February 25 and 28 @ 8PM
Tickets: Contact the Roy Thomson Hall box office, 416-593-9918
“It’s a Dett reunion as NDC alumni return to join current Chorale members for a program of favorite R. Nathaniel Dett compositions and a number of contemporary Afrocentric choral premieres including Africa by Brian Tate (commissioned for the National Youth Choir and containing a combination of Ghanaian and Latin sacred texts). Posted by Michelle Lynne Goodfellow” [R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is profiled at, along with a Works List and Bibliography compiled by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin]

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