Harvard Glee Club and later, only Steinway two-keyboard piano coming to GV

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
InConcert Sierra will host a performance of the Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate choir, in Grass Valley in January, our magazine has learned.

It is a coup for the Sierra Foothills. The visit to Grass Valley is part of a three-week tour to much larger cities: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The San Francisco concert is at the historic Grace Cathedral.

Landing the 60-voice, all-male choir — which has toured around the world — also shows our region’s growing visibility in the arts and culture scene.

InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin has a knack for landing world-class talent. In January, InConcert Sierra also will feature Emanuel Ax, one of the best classical pianists of the 21st century, and Jason Vieaux, rated among the elite of today’s classical guitarists. In the past, InConcert Sierra has hosted the Vienna Boys Choir.

America’s oldest college chorus, the Harvard Glee Club was founded in March 1858.

“Symphony collaborations over the years have included performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under all of its Conductors since 1917, as well as with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and the Italian Radio Orchestra,” according to the Glee Club.

“Although there was a long break between the first and second HGC Summer Tours (1921 to 1956), they have become more frequent: Europe in 1956, 1973, 1987, 2002; Asia in 1961, 1982, 1993; Australia 1998; USA 1978. There have in addition been summer tours with RCS: cross-country in 1947 and 1954; USA/Canada in 1964; around the world in 1967.”

In addition, we’ve learned in November 2014, InConcert Sierra will present Christopher “Kit” Taylor playing a one-of-a-kind Steinway double-keyboard piano.

A gifted pianist of international acclaim, Taylor is the unofficial keeper of this rare musical instrument. He has played at the Kennedy Center, among other places.

(Photo by UW-Madison, University Communications)

More details about Taylor are here.

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

8 thoughts on “Harvard Glee Club and later, only Steinway two-keyboard piano coming to GV”

  1. “InConcert Sierra will host a performance of the Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate choir, in Grass Valley in January, our magazine has learned.”

    You need to check facts a bit more closely there, Jeff. The Glee Club, a very fine organization, isn’t the oldest choir at Harvard, the University Choir, formally dating to 1834 and informally to the 18th century, is. “For over 170 years the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of The Memorial Church.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University_Choir
    http://uchoir.harvard.edu/

    Rumor has it that a Nevada Union Chamber Choir alumnus is currently singing in the University Choir, the only professional choir at Harvard.

    1. http://harvardgleeclub.org/wordpress/about/

      “America’s oldest college chorus, the Harvard Glee Club was founded in March 1858 by the president of Harvard’s Pierian Sodality and several of its College friends. Over the rest of the 19th century, HGC numbered about a dozen or two men and sang a repertoire ranging from old European and American college and folk songs to contemporary art songs to popular operetta/show tunes, often combining with banjo and mandolin ensembles and local bands. Its performances were not limited to metropolitan Boston but extended throughout the Northeast.”

      “In the early years of the 20th century, many HGC members were also singing in the Harvard University Choir. They appreciated the advantage of the vocal training and of learning sacred music, and they gradually convinced the Club to ask the University Organist and Choirmaster, Dr. Archibald T. Davison, to coach HGC. From 1912, “Doc” Davison expanded the Glee Club’s musical horizons and improved its vocal/choral abilities, as a larger HGC performed solo concerts as far afield as the Midwest. During this period, Doc began combining HGC with the women of the Radcliffe Choral Society for large choral-orchestral works; and in 1917, HGC and RCS began singing these works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, an association that continued into the middle 1970s.”

      1. Yes, the freshly quoted section from the Glee Club history seems correct, but as you may now have gathered, choir, chorus, and glee club are not synonyms.

        “Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate choir” remains literally incorrect. It is apparently America’s oldest collegiate glee club, and a fine one at that.

  2. Jeff,
    Goodknight likes to pretend he is the authority on all subjects. I think he is a closet old school catholic teacher want-a-be that gets off on correcting others on unimportant issues to make himself somehow feel intellectually superior. I for one could care less about grammar and word usage on blogs, it is typed conversation. I have found GG corrections of my grammar/ word usages at a dismal 50% or so. A failing grade if we go back to the school teacher analogy. It does mean I make tons of mistakes on social media but it also means I don’t really care otherwise I would take my time and correct it.

  3. If it bothers Greg this much, he should take this up with the Harvard Glee Club, not me. But I suspect he won’t want to stir the pot “over there,” where his son goes to college. He’s more interested in stirring it up “over here,” so he can reign as “intellectually superior”:

    “Founded in 1858, the Harvard Glee Club is the oldest college CHOIR in America, and is considered by many to be the premier collegiate men’s CHORUS in the country.”
    http://harvardgleeclub.org/wordpress/audition/ (bottom of page)

    “America’s oldest college CHORUS, the Harvard Glee Club was founded in March 1858 by the president of Harvard’s Pierian Sodality and several of its College friends.
    http://harvardgleeclub.org/wordpress/about/

    Not just Thesarus.com but the Harvard Glee Club itself is using “chorus” and “choir” as synonyms! Go get ’em Greg!

  4. Greg has redirected his energy on this matter to the Harvard Glee Club, though he doesn’t identify their seniority. I wish him the best of luck. As of today, the Glee Club website still reads the same. Chorus and choir are used interchangeably (see above) and it calls the Glee Club “America’s oldest collegiate choir.” I included a “screen shot.”

  5. BTW, I should point out that I learned about this concert from InConcert Sierra at a small dinner gathering I was invited to this week, not from the Harvard Glee Club Foundation’s website. As regular readers know, their main concerts are at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grass Valley. The Vienna Boys Choir was another concert held there.

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