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"..."It's kind of his Mona Lisa," says Brent Baldwin of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor. Panoramic Voices' artistic director and conductor suggests the work possesses an indefinable perfection..."
"...Brahms' Requiem would seem a monumental enough venture just by itself – a fact that TCC Artistic Director Brent Baldwin readily acknowledges. "While the entire work is only about 70 minutes, Brahms asks so much of the musicians in terms of endurance, poetic interpretation, epic phrasing, dynamic shifting, and, well, the list goes on and on..."
"...Stopschinski shared his idea with an enthusiastic Brent Baldwin, newly ensconced as Texas Choral Consort's artistic director. "The concept," says Baldwin, "was to take this framework with all these erased, empty staves and have different composers fill in the blanks..."
"...And yet it's impossible to identify a distinct political stance in any of them. As composer Brent Baldwin says, "It's a humanitarian, not a political issue." [inset-1]..."
"...Although the Choral Consort stood 150 strong, its sound was subdued, almost a whisper, and the restraint infused the music with exceptional poignance; this was no thunderous entreaty to God but an acknowledgment of a personal loss, a private grief, to one still bound to Earth. Artistic Director Brent Baldwin displayed a keen sensitivity to the work's softer sections, repeatedly focusing his legion of singers into the still, small voice of scripture, counseling patience and promising consolation..."
"...The lesson to be learned from Long Time Gone reminds me of one of James Baldwin's books: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!" n..."
"...This particular project has been in the works for nearly five years, during which Reynolds and Stopschinski have been handing out movements from the original Requiem Mass to a range of composers (alt-classical, rock, hip-hop), collecting the results, composing their own contributions, and even taking a few sections out for a test drive with the Texas Choral Consort. That body will provide the 150-voice chorus in the free concert at the French Legation Wednesday, April 16, and Artistic Director Brent Baldwin will conduct the whole affair, which will also include a 30-piece orchestra and soloists from acclaimed local vocal ensemble Convergence..."
"...They'll hear a piece of music – a perfectly fine piece of music to most ears (maybe even theirs) – and decide to modify it in some way, to reinterpret it through their own musical sensibilities. Whether you call it a variation, a riff, or a reinvention, it's a big part of musical literature, and Texas Choral Consort Artistic Director Brent Baldwin has built the chorus and orchestra's summer symposium concert around it..."
"...7, at 5pm, are multi-instrumentalist Henna Chou and percussionist Thor Harris. On Sat., Oct 22, 6:30pm, it's choral conductor Brent Baldwin (Panoramic Voices)..."
"...SP: Yes, it is. I wanted to do something with voice, so we have the Texas Choral Consort with Brent Baldwin, and there's going to be a workshop period where we develop the vocabulary for what we're using..."
"...5) HAYDN: THE CREATION (Texas Choral Consort) Brent Baldwin and his choir infused Haydn's masterwork with so deeply personal an appreciation of life's grand diversity that one's own wonder at the world was renewed...."
"...Their musicality was virtuosic, their diction impeccable, and yet informing every solo was a forthright quality of "I was there; I saw this," with the singer seizing on a word that signaled the angels' loving wonder at their Maker's achievements, as when Ramo, singing of the turtledove, lingered on the word "adoring" so tenderly that it described her as much as the bird. In the massed voices of the choir, under Brent Baldwin's masterful direction, one could hear a similar enthusiasm and amazement, their alleluias loud and rousing, every utterance of "God" resounding with special joy..."
"...The latest installation in the Blanton’s music series doesn’t shy away from the painful breadth of the refugee experience, and the stories presented are both historically powerful – with ARCOS Dance and their depiction of World War II devastation – and heartbreakingly contemporary. Brent Baldwin, artistic director of the choral group Panoramic Voices, offers up the world premiere of a new collaboration with musician Nakia and dancers Hassan Christopher and Alexa Capareda for the program...."
"...Texas Choral Consort Artistic Director Bren Baldwin accepts the Choral Performance Award for "Mozart Requiem Undead."..."
"...Texas Choral Consort Artistic Director Brent Baldwin (left) and Golden Hornet Project co-founder and Mozart Requiem Undead co-creator Peter Stopschinski..."
"...5) We’re all raving about LOLA’s La Clemenza de Tito, and with good reason – even though it has nothing to do with vodka, right? – but your Five Arty Things crew at the Chronicle wants to make sure you also know about Sunday’s Indie Orchestra Night from Brent Baldwin and his Panoramic Voices crowd. Why? Because the likes of Star Park, Moving Panoramas, Nakia, Calliope Musicals, Big Bill, and Dustin Welch will be raising high the Fair Market roofbeams via pure sonic glory – and, boy howdy, this is not a concert you want to miss...."
"...3) PANORAMIC VOICES: BACH MASS IN B MINOR The alliteration doesn’t stop with Bach and B, because this rendition of the classical composition comes courtesy of Brent Baldwin’s bodacious battalion of Panoramic Voices, a rafter-raising gathering of goldenthroated individuals whose voxy multitude will ring forth in singular glory at the AISD Performing Arts Center this weekend...."
"...Among the other musicians taking part will be pianists Gregory Allen, Rick Rowley, Carla McElhaney, and Jeanne Sasaki; singers Claire Vangelisti, Amber Alarcon, Gil Zilkha, Shaunna Shandro, and Nicole Taylor. The UT Chamber Singers will perform "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose," and the Texas Choral Consort, led by Artistic Director Brent Baldwin, will close the service with "Down to the River to Pray," "Draw the Circle Wide," and Aaron Copland's setting of "At the River," with all the service participants joining in song..."
"...Editorial Interns: Kanchan Limaye, Clay SmithManagementInterns: Robbin McClain, Kay Miller, Cheryl Collins, Art Fernandez, Sarah Hatfield, Diane Greenhill, Bill McCullough, Ceri Bernis, Gene Cockrell, Dragon, Robert Bostick, Joel Bradley, Judy Stanford, Marie Javins, Wende Lerway, Michele Cook, Jose Salazar Jr., Craig Griffin, Sarah Moon, Jerry Cormier, Lora-Lee Blalock-Swafford, Lesli Seymour, Eric Bluhm, Barry Graf, Derrick Yates, Michelle Page, Annette Shelton, Lisa Gidley, Neva Lane, Monica Pizane, Cyndi Summerford, Lesley Ramsey, Michael Smith, Anne Vanweddingen, Steve Clarke, Deborah Wilson, Lynn Efting, Jennifer Plemons, Max Heiman, Bart Cromeens, Elaine DeLuna, Chris Ruggeri, Claire Williams, Louisa Brinsmade, Abby Haywood, Christie Lebedzinski, Sara Lower, Leslie Pierce, Joe Chung, Jill Coody, Teresa Rendon, Neely Lanen, Jennifer Hill, Ben Plimpton, Sally Sykes, Alex Marsh, Ransom Phillips, Jennifer Heller, Molly Legg, Jenna Heller, Joy Elliott, Deborah S. Wilson, Ann Seymour, Isabella Toledo, Ted Delmonico, David McNally, Tony Mosely, Andrew Davis, Brian Baker, Will Georgantas, Eric Walls, Catherine Dudley, Matthew Grieder, Scarlett Angell, Casey Webb, Mike Watts, Jessica Schneider, Kanchan Limaye, Clay Smith, Paul Laster, Colin Clark, Geoff Mulvihill, Leslie Hill, Karen Rheudasil, Amy Baldwin, Jonna Prescott, Leah Welborn, Mark Gates, Jeff Keyton, Elin Kaulfus, Mindy Holzschuh, Sarah Hepola, David Snyder, Ghislaine Ball, Marty Beard, Laura Weron-Williams, Kevin Fullerton, Erin Kelly, Nicole Cleman, Lisa Tozzi, Chris Vestre, Mary Sledd, Anne Wick, Jon Garrett, Erica C..."
"...D: Rob Reiner; with Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Craig T. Nelson...."