Feb 18, 2018

What goes into a concert poster? Handel Alexander's Feast

by Tim Crouch, Marketing Department With Handel Alexander's Feast just around the corner (Feb 22-25 at Koerner Hall), we're looking back at poster designs created at the top of the season. As always, our multi-talented Choir director Ivars Taurins provided some inspirational art to help guide the design process, and we're happy to share them with you!

Jan 11, 2018

Safe Haven: Asylum seekers in the baroque age and modern day

by Tim Crouch, Marketing Manager

"you have to understand, no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

Nov 26, 2017

What goes into a concert poster? Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

You might have noticed a new crop of imagery for this season's concerts, designed by our friends at Sovereign State. A great deal of research goes into the production of these, and often times the inspiration comes from baroque imagery. Choir director Ivars Taurins is an expert in this realm, and provided us with a cornucopia of options.

Nov 1, 2017

Mozart's Piano: The Fortepiano

The piano used in our performances of Mozart's Piano by fortepiano virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout was made by Thomas and Barbara Wolf in 1997 in The Plains, Virginia, outside Washington, DC. It is modelled on the work of the eighteenth-century Viennese maker Anton Walter, and has a keyboard range of just over five octaves (from FF to g'''). Knee levers are used to raise the dampers, and a hand stop operates the moderator (a piece of cloth that slides into place between the hammers and strings to produce a muted effect). Veneered in curly cherry, the case is primarily of spruce.

Sep 20, 2017

View from the Horn Section

By Andrew Clark, horn

Andrew Clark, horn Andrew Clark, horn