Sunday, July 8, 2012

Patrick McCoy, D.C. Performing Arts Examiner: 'Nathaniel Dett Chorale performance stellar at the Library of Congress'

Nathaniel Dett Chorale; Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Director

July 7, 2012
Patrick D. McCoy
D.C. Performing Arts Examiner
On last Saturday afternoon, The Nathanial Dett Chorale of Toronto was the last of three choirs to perform seperate programs at the Library of Congress as a part of the National Symposium on American Choral Music. Led by founder and conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the chorale performed an impressive array of works by its namesake. Though a native of Canada, the American choral community, especially historic black colleges and universities fondly recall his tenure at Hampton Institute (now University).

The most impressive offering by the chorale was the major work The Ordering of Moses. It is truly a work that deserves to be performed more often. Perhaps the most recent performance of the neglected work in D. C. was by The Heritage Signature Chorale.

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