IVC Master Chorale Concert Celebrates A Renaissance Christmas
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What a high-caliber community college production! This chorale, under the leadership of Dr. Tressler, did a wonderful job of ushering in the Christmas season with some selections from Renaissance works of the Venetian school. It was a joy to hear REAL Christmas music--not just Rudolph and Frosty.
My favorite piece was Gabrielli's "Magnificat"--done in a way I've never heard before in an attempt to re-create how it might have sounded in St. Mark's in Venice. (The chorale divided into thirds plus a quartet of angelic acapella voices sang from four different "corners" of the theater. Wonderful!)
Dr. Tressler is a musician who clearly loves both music and teaching. He was terrific at explaining to the audience the historical contexts for each composer's works. You couldn't help but catch his infectious enthusiasm and passion.
The quite-new theater is a fabulous venue with good acoustics and is small enough to provide intimate seating (I'd guess for about 300?) in any seat. It was sad to see the theater only about a third full. It should have been packed.
This may seem like a small detail, but I particularly appreciated the attention to choice of choral "robes." A pet peeve is that, while male singers and musicians typically look "uniform" in dress, women performers in most groups are allowed to wear almost anything black. I find this variety sometimes very distracting. This women in this chorale were all dressed in identical simple floor-length "gowns" that were flattering to all body types. Kudos for this perhaps minor decision! It only added to the overall professionalism of the production.