Eric Holtan’s Thematic Playlists
Spring to Life
March 19, 2021
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First of all, I hope you and your loved ones have been safe. While sheltering at home and social distancing, music can provide comfort, companionship and a momentary escape from the worries of life and for the world…and boredom and isolation.
In this health crisis, we have kept our distance from, and for the sake of, one another. Unfortunately, for much of 2020 and 2021, it meant the suspension of many live performances and the collective experiences with music’s power to bring hearts together. My hope is that this Playlist series has filled some part of that void, and reminded us that we remain connected through music’s universal language, whether we may be miles, or just six feet, apart.
My Playlists are designed to be like concerts, of about an hour in length. Each is organized by a theme. Much like True Concord concerts, these Playlists are derived from a range of outstanding choral music, from the great masterworks to works by the top composers of our time, with particular focus on America’s rich choral tradition. And always rendered by the best possible recordings available on Spotify…or at least those that speak to me.
If music be the food of love, play on.
– Eric Holtan, Founding Music Director of True Concord Voices & Orchestra