My great thanks to James Jordan, director of the Westminster Williamson Voices, for their performance of the last movement of The Consolation of Apollo, “The stars shine.” Their concert Saturday Nov. 15th, “Spiritual Lights,” included music by Bruckner, Forrest, LaVoy, Mendelssohn, Pärt, Poulenc, Stanford, Whitbourne, and a gorgeous new work written for them by Westminster alumnus Cortlandt Matthews.
The Grammy®-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices is named for the founder of Westminster Choir College, John Finley Williamson. The entire concert was a complete delight, beginning with unconducted chant. The sound of their 60 voices was clear, focused, unforced, and exciting. It was thrilling to hear my work on that program. My thanks to them, and especially to James Jordan, who heard the premiere of The Consolation of Apollo last month in Princeton and wanted to excerpt it as the closing piece of his concert.
The Church of the Holy Trinity performance of the entire Consolation by The Crossing airs Sunday Nov. 23rd on WRTI.