Eric Holtan’s Thematic Playlists

All-American Choral Comfort Food

September 4, 2020

Eric concludes his summer Playlist series on this Labor Day weekend with American classics performed by American ensembles, including Barber’s poignant Agnus Dei and Lauridsen’s sumptuous O Magnum Mysterium; Shall We Gather at the River; the stirring rendition of Precious Lord, Take My Hand; a vocal jazz arrangement of I’ll Be Seeing You; and more.

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First of all, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. In this time of 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 keep our distance from, and for the sake of, one another. Unfortunately, it means the suspension of most live performances and the collective experiences with music’s power to bring hearts together. My hope is that this Playlist series will fill some part of that void, and remind 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 will be organized by a theme. Much like True Concord concerts, these Playlists will be 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


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