Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Classical 101 By Request: Alleluia
What a lovely request: the brief Alleluia by Randall Thompson. This magical setting of the happiest of words is a favorite with high school choruses and church choirs.Â I remember hearing it during visits to Tanglewood. That summer’s Tanglewood students would take leave of the Berkshires by singing this at Koussevitzky’s grave. A nice Irish touch for a Russian composer who commissioned this work, if I do say so myself.
Randall Thompson (1899-1984) taught at Wellesley College, the Curtis Institute, and Harvard. His choral music is singer-friendly for all ages. If you’ve ever been in a chorus, hopefully you’ll have sung Frostiana or The Testament of Freedom.
AlleluiaÂ was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the opening of theÂ Berkshire Music Center in 1940. The maestro wanted a brief opening for the BMS inaugural concerts that everyone could sing. Everyone is still singing Thompson’s Alleluia-and …By Request…we can all hear it again.
Classical 101 By Request, Fridays 1-3 PM.
Let me know what you’d like to hear: www.wosu.org/requests