ERNST TOCH’S LEGENDARY “GEOGRAPHICAL FUGUE” HIGHLIGHTS NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CONCERT CHOIR SEASON OPENING PERFORMANCE. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, AT 7:00 P.M. DOWNTOWN’S TRINITY CATHEDRAL
MIAMI---Accompanied by NWSA accompanist, Dr. Dan Sandlin, conductor Dr. Albert Clark leads the New World School of the Arts Concert Choir season opening performance taking audiences in a journey through music history. Renaissance favorite Alma Remptoris Mater by Palestrina will set the mood as other notable pieces are introduced into the program. Roger Quilter’s Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Handel’s Let The Bright Seraphim, and Shenandoah arranged by James Erb takes the audience full circle as they are introduced to 20th century melodies. Friday, October 5, at 7:00 P.M., Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16th Street, downtown, Miami.
The evening is infused with a touch of energy and humor as the fifty-member high school choir performs the highlight of the evening, Geographical Fugue, by Ernst Toch. This piece for spoken chorus is the most famous and most performed example of the genre and was originally written in Germany in 1930 by the Pulitzer Prize winner composer who often “regarded it as an unimportant diversion.”
Dr. Albert Clark is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Clark studied conducting with Paul Christiansen. Following graduation he continued his conducting studies with Morris Beachy at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving from that institution the degree Master of Music, joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas in 1984. While in that position he founded the Dallas Chamber Singers, an ensemble of professional musicians. Returning to Austin and the University of Texas in 1987, he took over as Director of the Longhorn Singers, one of the university's six choral ensembles; holding that position while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Dr. Clark assumed the position of Director of Vocal Music of the high school vocal program at New World School of the Arts in the fall of 1996. Since that time the Concert Choir has been a steady recipient of superior ratings at district and state festivals. In 2002 the choir debuted in Carnegie Hall in a performance of the Mozart Requiem under the baton of the eminent British composer and conductor, John Rutter.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.