To celebrate the penultimate episode of our first season, we bring you a chat with Director and Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Chorus, Dr. Erin Freeman! Erin is also the Artistic Director of Wintergreen Music Festival, Directory of Choral Activities at VCU, and Resident Conductor of the Richmond Ballet. And yes, just to confirm, she is only one person with no magical powers (that we are aware of...).
Highlights include: a very nerdy discussion about overtones, a run-down of Erin's celebrity run-ins, and how to run a choir "zoomhearsal" when you can't actually hear anyone singing (...okay maybe Erin does have magical powers...)
And if you love contemporary composers, we have an INCREDIBLE piece of music to share with you this week: "Children of Adam" by Mason Bates (!!!) was commissioned for the Richmond Symphony in 2018 and is centered around "celebrations of creation" from sources ranging from poetry to sacred texts and chants. And while you CAN'T have the score and parts, you CAN score your very own CD of Richmond Symphony's GRAMMY-NOMINATED recording of this awesome new work.
"CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A *CONTEST?!"
To enter, simply email email@example.com with Erin's favorite composer as revealed in the episode. First three people to submit the correct answer will win!
Got a burning classical music question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Question of the Week" and we might answer your question in a future episode. (Please be sure to indicate if you are comfortable with your name being shared.) All questions welcome!
See ya next time!
-Matt and Zoe <3