The Consolation of Apollo premieres

earthriseStill soaring from the premiere performances of The Consolation of Apollo over the weekend, but in the meantime, kind words about it this morning from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Donald Nally led The Crossing in the three concerts at two very different-sounding venues, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton (Fri., 10/10/14 and Sat., 10/11), and The Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia (Sun. 10/12). Combined with rehearsals at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, those constitute a whirlwind tour through three very different acoustics. The Crossing’s talent and musicality include a big dose of flexibility.

I’ve said it before, but they amaze me. I cannot overstate Donald’s alertness to sound, and the choir’s intuition and suppleness. On top of gorgeous singing and the ability to make everything sound easy! I love being in their company; they love their music and their mission and each other so much. Such an encompassing joy to work with them.

David Patrick Stearns said that this “dauntingly high-concept new choral work” “indeed has a future,” and called The Consolation of Apollo my “most consistently high-level work, though one in which the composer of his breakthrough 2008 Vespers is barely recognizable.” (I’ll need to sift through that, as the works from then to now are all one line to me! But I may be in a poor position to say.) It “arises from a clear vision and sure purpose without losing any of its otherworldliness.” Read here his entire review of it and the work with which it was paired (indeed, the reason for Apollo‘s existence), David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.

The complete Apollo-8-astronaut-and-Boethius text, and my program notes, are here. Looking ahead to 2015, and January 4th and 5th concerts in Philadelphia and Wilmington.



2 thoughts on “The Consolation of Apollo premieres

  1. Scott Tucker

    Hello Kile, I wanted to let you know that the Chamber Singers of the Choral Arts Society of Washington DC will be singing “The Stars Shine” on two upcoming concerts; Dec 14 at the Army Navy Club in Arlington, VA, and Dec. 21 at 10th and G in Washington DC. My singers are clamoring to do the whole Consolation of Apollo at some future date. Thanks for this great rep, and thanks to Donald Nally too!

    1. Kile Smith Post author

      Hi Scott, thanks for the update! I’m so happy that you’re doing this, and that you’re considering the complete Consolation for the future. My deep thanks to your singers. Donald Nally is one of our nation’s treasures. Thank you so much!

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