Harvard Glee Club Foundation: Long may continue our unity and joy!
April 2013 e-Bulletin
To our Alumni and Friends,
I was shocked to learn on Monday of the terrible tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon. If you or your loved ones have been affected in any way, please let us know and those of us still in the Boston and Cambridge area will help however we are able. In this time of remembrance and reflection, we at HGCF are focusing on the best of life, music and song, and bring news of opportunities to listen and participate in music-making this year. As Leonard Bernstein said, “This will be our reply to violence; to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” We hope you can join us to sing or to attend a concert in Cambridge this Spring.
We wish you and your loved ones all of our best.
Logan McCarty, HGCF President
A Glee Club Celebration!… one for the history books!
Never before have the three oldest Glee Clubs in America appeared together on the same stage! Next month will find the Harvard Glee Club (1858), the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club (1859), and the Yale Glee Club(1861) bringing their collective 450+ years of history to Sanders Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime concert that you won’t want to miss!Following the concert, alumni of the three clubs will gather with the students for a very special after-party in Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub where there will be food, drinks (cash bar), and much singing and merry-making. Click here for more information and to purchase concert and/or after-party tickets.
Time’s getting short to join the HGC 2013 Alumni Chorus Trip to Japan
If you’re sitting on the fence about participating in this October’s Alumni Chorus trip to Tokyo and Sendai, time is getting shorter: just six months from now, HGC AC will be singing in Japan. While our Kyoto colleagues already have commitments from more than 50 singers, we have only 25 men so far. Because we cannot afford to hold rooms in Tokyo and Sendai indefinitely, we need to hear from you soon—preferably by 24 April—if you want to be a part of this fantastic trip. Please check out the information on the Foundation’s website and consider signing up to join us. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to sing with your fellow HGC alumni, perform with the Kyoto Old Boys in Sendai, and see the beautiful Japanese countryside during fall foliage season. Don’t hesitate another minute, jump on board today!
Tour Tales Revealed During 5th Annual HGCF Alumni Sing
Get enough HGC alumni together and the tales are going to flow. Such was the case at this year’s 5th Annual HGCF Alumni Sing. Current HGC student singers joining in the festivities were regaled with tales of HGC singers climbing atop stone elephants in India (1961), finding creative ways to antagonize flight crews (1998), being detained by border guards in Eastern Europe (2002), and other shenanigans we couldn’t commit to print! ‘Twas all in good fun as HGC alumni and student singers shared an afternoon of music making and laughter.Director of Choral Activities, Andrew Clark, was so pleased with the sound of the combined group, he suggested we make the joint student/alumni sing a regular part of the Annual Sing event—we tend to agree! Click here to see photos from this year’s Sing and read a response from an HGC alumnus who makes an annual pilgrimage to Cambridge for this very special event.
“Doc” Would Be So Proud!
Before assuming the role of University Organist and Choirmaster, and ultimately taking the baton as the first conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, Archibald T. “Doc” Davison served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont in Dorchester (1906-1910). His dynamic leadership there and with the Harvard Glee Club is now being celebrated with the establishment of the Archibald T. Davison Fellowship, which engages a current HGC singer in the role of mentor/role model for the young men of the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys. Click here to read more about this historic collaboration as reported in the Harvard Gazette. The Harvard Glee Club Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Davison Fellowship. We feel certain that “Doc” would be proud to know that the men of the Harvard Glee Club are taking an active role in helping to promote male choral singing and good citizenship.
What Should Be Included on HGC Greatest Hits CD?
The men of the Harvard Glee Club are seriously considering putting together a compilation CD of the most beloved HGC songs of all time, and they want your input on what should be included.Do you have favorite pieces that the Glee Club recorded during your day? Want to see them included in the “greatest hits” CD?Let HGC know your thoughts on what should be included by clicking on this link and completing the survey. Then watch for news of the CD’s release in the not-too-distant future…
Pan-Holden Alumni Sing & Reunion
Once again, alumni of the three Holden Choruses have an opportunity to gather to reunite with old friends and relive their college choral experience. The 2013 Pan-Holden Alumni Sing & Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 1 in Paine Hall.Director of Choral Activities, Andrew Clark, will lead us in singing through the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. Admission is free. Friends and family are welcome. And, no RSVP is required. Click here for more information.
Mark Your Calendar:
ARTS FIRST Weekend Concert: Haydn’s “Creation” – Friday, April 26th at 8:00pm, join the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum for The Barabra Connolly Lewis Memorial Concert, this year featuring Haydn’s choral and orchestral masterpiece, Die Schöpfung, The Creation. Under the direction of Andrew Clark, join us for a musical celebration of the beginning of life, drawing from the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost; this is a performance you will not want to miss!