Today’s video from the opening of the 2014, Opus 21 concert features Baldassare Galuppi’s “Magnificat.” The soloists are:
Beth Carter: Beth joined Consort in 2011. Her participation in the 2016 working group and assisting in auditions, helped to improve the quality of our singers and performances. Her first solo was “Haydn’s Missa Solemnis in B-flat, Gloria,” in 2011 (with Ruthann Lovetang, Michael Petersen, and David Irvine).
Michele Baroody: Michele came to Consort in 2008, and was also in the 2016 working group. She has served on the Board of Directors and performed many solos, particularly on our tours. Her first solo was “Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, 2. Donec ponam,” in 2010.
They are joined by Michael Petersen, who was introduced yesterday.
|Person of the Day: Ruthann Lovetang|
While it can be said that Consort would not be here without Allan and Bob, we can now also say that Consort may not have made it past our 25th anniversary without Ruthann!
Ruthann, a significant Bay Area singer and soloist, joined Consort in 2003. She has attended all of the tours, and has served informally as the tours’ nurse. Around 2015 she came up with an idea to improve our performance quality and reduce time spent in rehearsals by recording and providing rehearsal notes.
In 2016, when Bob and Allan announced their intentions to step down, it was Ruthann who began a movement to investigate whether Consort could continue without them, and what form it might take. She recruited a working group, held a town meeting, and now leads our Board of Directors, as president.
Under her leadership, Consort now has a future. We are creating ways to continue the tradition of Consort Chorale without Allan as our sole conductor. In a transition period before Allan’s departure, we are presenting three seasons of concerts using guest directors who will share the podium along with Allan.
Baldassare Galuppi studied under Antonio Lotti in Venice. He spent time in London from 1741 to 1747 composing operas that remained popular for some time. He returned to Venice and continued his composing career until 1766 when Catherine II invited him to St. Petersburg. He returned to Venice in 1768.