Please be part of me in sharing the joy of the Washington, D.C. début
of The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers on Saturday, August thirteenth at 5 p.m. in
the enduring sacred splendor of Nationwide Metropolis Christian Church underneath the
route of the incomparable Jason Max Ferdinand. I ‘sat down’ with
Ferdinand concerning the genesis of his ensemble and the unforgettable
night of music set to happen within the Nation’s Capital! Unfold the
phrase! That is the choral music ticket of the summer time!
by Patrick D. McCoy
For individuals who journey into the world of live performance choral music it’s
common to come across a vocal ensemble named and long-established after a
particular namesake. The Dale Warland Singers, The Robert Shaw Pageant
Singers, The Robert DeCormier Singers, The Albert McNeill Jubilee
Singers or The Lloyd Mallory Singers might initially come to thoughts. A
game-changer has arrived on the scene-ready so as to add its title to the
marquee of this grand custom. Named for, created and led by
celebrated conductor Jason Max Ferdinand, it’s with nice pleasure
that we share in asserting the second season of The Jason Max Ferdinand
Premiering in March 2021, the ensemble appeared with Decca Classics
recording artists Voces8, to create a reside digital live performance expertise
for music lovers around the globe who had been quarantined throughout within the
midst of the COVID-10 pandemic entitled, Stay from London.
Since then,the group has toured each nationally and internationally. The
twenty-eight member blended vocal ensemble will make its Washington, D.C.
début on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 5 p.m. within the iconic sacred
splendor of Nationwide Metropolis Christian Church.
With regard to his newly shaped brainchild, Jason says, “This isn’t a nascent idea, and I’ve been conceptualizing it for about twenty years. I’m anxious and able to create it. With some prodding and a crew in place, I’ve been inspired to set it free. The voices are thrilling, their repertoire will attain hearts and minds, and produce hope for a greater tomorrow.”
We caught up with Ferdinand to speak concerning the significance of his ensemble and the massive DC début:
PDM: What particularly impressed the formation of The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers?
JMF: The seed for this endeavor was planted manner
again in 2001. It was after my Grasp’s recital at Morgan State
College, the place my professor was Dr. Nathan Carter, many members of
that ensemble happy for me to maintain the group collectively. Angelo Johnson,
my expensive good friend and member of this current ensemble, would continually
remind me for the subsequent 20+ years. Actually, I used to be scared to enterprise
out. It was on the asking of Robin Tyson, supervisor of Voces8, that
compelled me to strongly contemplate it and right here we’re.
PDM: Musically talking, what would you say is (or will probably be) the hallmark of your ensemble?
JMF: The fantastic thing about this aggregation, and the
ongoing response to that query, is that, we’re having fun with discovering
the reply. Now we have a complete blast having fun with the various abilities and
everybody literal brings their very own voice to the combo. Time will inform and
maybe, the reply needs to be left as an ongoing quest.
PDM: Your upcoming DC dèbut live performance is in one among
Washington’s most iconic sacred areas. What led you to Nationwide Metropolis as
the efficiency venue?
JMF: It’s attention-grabbing how the celebrities align. It
was a mutual good friend that linked Gerald Lee Ricks and I
collectively. Gerald serves as musical director on the historic church and
he offered the thought and extra. We’re so humbled to now be linked.
PDM: Inform us concerning the composition of the group.
JMF: The composition is what makes this such a good looking factor. Now we have as some examples:
- 10-time Grammy winner
- Legislation college students
- Police Officer
- Undergraduate and Graduate College students
- Music Lecturers
- Music Producers
Most significantly, we now have a fantastic group of residents.
Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand is maybe most well-known for his most
current tenure because the conductor of the award-winning Aeolians of Oakwood
College, in Huntsville Alabama. Lately, he been appointed because the
new Director of Choral Actions at his alma mater, the College of
Maryland, Faculty Park, succeeding his very long time mentor and professor
Dr. Edward Maclary. Moreover, Ferdinand’s choral collection, his
lately launched e book: Instructing With Coronary heart, a Conductor’s Compendium for Addressing Societal Challenges by Music and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers’ album Solace, are all obtainable by GIA Publishing and on all streaming platforms.
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