Launching a New Choir Director
It’s not unusual for me to be asked to record a choral or orchestral recital. But it is a rare treat to be asked to record a conductor’s recital. In this case, Scott Reimer, a master’s candidate a the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music was presenting his master’s recital at Young United Church in Winnipeg on Sunday Feb. 16 and he requested a recording for his portfolio. Scott and I are well acquainted as I sing in Canticum, a choir that he now conducts. So it was a pleasure to be asked to record this concert for him at the beginning of what will be an illustrious conducting career.
Scott’s program, which was entitled “Beyond the Stars”, took full advantage of the choir and orchestra that he put together for this concert. A 20 piece orchestra and a 20 voice choir were put through their paces. The varied program ran the gamut from Josquin des Prez’s Pour souhaitter, to the drama of Jake Runestad’s A Silence Haunts Me. The concert finished with the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony which added 30 more voices to the chorus. A full house seemed to enjoy every minute.
Here’s an excerpt from the concert. It’s a piece that Scott composed called Barter.