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We took a trip to beautiful Symphony Hall in early June to sit with Tanglewood Festival Chorus Conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Choral Director James Burton. Joining us was choir member by night and Google start-up entrepreneur by day, Will Koffel.
We talked the ins and outs of working in a chorus, conducting 250 or so choral members, singing in different languages, the blending of the many different voices in a chorus and the wonders of being onstage with Pete Townsend during the epic production of Quadrephenia.
Song 1: Thompson: Alleluia (James Burton: Schola Cantorum of Oxford) Song 2: Kaddish, Symphony No. 3 (BSO, Guerrero, Bernstein)
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