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Take your choral ensemble to the next level with clinician extraordinaire and master teacher, Dr. Robert A. Harris. Professor Emeritus at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (Evanston, IL), Dr. Harris has been hailed as "one of the finest choral trainers and conductors" and a master at "helping singers make grand works of music sound sublime." Dr. Harris is committed to advancing the art of singing and is a specialist in motivating singers. Dr. Harris can tailor a clinic to achieve excellence in blend, pitch, rhythm, or whatever aspect you choose. For additional references, please visit the "Testimonials" page.
Dr. Harris also invites you to peruse his compositions and settings, some of which have recordings on site. If you only have a few moments, below you can enjoy a video recording of soprano, Rachel Sparrow, performing the 3rd movement of "Gloria," Dr. Harris' pièce de résistance for chorus and orchestra. Thanks for your interest and consideration.
"Gloria" was begun in 2005 and completed in 2006.
The work was commissioned by the Westminster Choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton,Ohio. The first performance of Gloria was on May 21, 2006, John Neeley conducting.
Compositions and Settings (continued)
Major Choral Performances
ADAMS, JOHN Harmonium*
BACH, C.P.E. Magnificat in D Major
BACH, J. S. Cantata No. 4 Christ lag in todesbanden
(Christ lay in death's bonds)
Cantata No. 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
(God the Lord is sun and shield)
Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf, Ruft Uns die Stimme
(Awake,the watchman calls us)
Cantata No. 142 Uns ist ein Kind geboren (To us a child is born)
Magnificat in D Major
Mass in b minor
Motet 1 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
(Sing the Lord a new song)
Motet 2 Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf
(The Spirit gives aid to our weakness)
Motet 3 Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my joy)
Motet 5 Komm Jesu, Komm (Come Jesus, Come)
Motet 6 Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden
(Praise the Lord all nations)
Passion According to St. John
Sanctus in D, BWV 238
BARBER, SAMUEL Agnus Dei (Adagio)
Prayers of Kierkegaard
Works in bold performed with orchestra or other instrumental ensemble
*Prepared chorus only (Chorusmaster); not conducted in performance
Other Works Conducted (non-choral)
WILSON, OLLY Sextet
SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD Pierrot Lunaire
HINDEMITH, PAUL Martinslied
BARBER, SAMUEL Adagio for Strings
CARR AND SHUMAN
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
AHRENS & FLAHERTY
Once on this Island
This program will be live webcast Saturday, March 9
at 8:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on dso.org/live.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Dr. William F. Pickard, notable Detroit philanthropist and founder of the Arthur L. Johnson Fund for African American Artists, and Dr. Robert A. Harris, respected African-American composer and Professor of Music, at the 41st Annual Classical Roots Celebration. Classical Roots honors African-American composers, musicians and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DSO's African-American music and musician development programs.
5:30 PM | Seated Dinner - Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube
8:00 PM | Classical Roots Concert - Orchestra Hall
PROGRAM TO INCLUDE:
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
André Raphel, conductor
JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Classical Roots Celebration Choir*
O Praise The Lord
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director
ROBERT A HARRIS
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Classical Roots Celebration Choir*
Lyric for Strings
WILLIAM GRANT STILL
Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American"
*Specially assembled by Norah Duncan, Professor and Chair of the Wayne State University Department of Music, The Classical Roots Celebration Choir combines voices from the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Wayne State Centennial Choir.
10:30 PM | Dessert & Dancing Afterglow - First Floor Atrium and Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings Cube
Celebration Packages are available by calling 313.576.5449..
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