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Together in Song at Smith College

New Series Welcomes Community Members to Come In and Sing Out

Northampton, MA - Joseph Baldwin, Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the Smith College Chorus, will conduct the Fauré Requiem in the second of three Community Choral Sings @ Smith. The event is free and open to all members of the Smith and Valley communities; singers of all backgrounds and levels will sit and sing masterworks together on the stage of Smith's magnificent Sweeney Concert Hall. Scores will be provided. Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Tian Hui Ng, baritone, are the invited guest soloists.

Baldwin was inspired to start this new series of open community sings by the wealth of singers and the richness of musical life in the Pioneer Valley, as well as by his own experiences as a young singer in other parts of the country. "I've seen first-hand how sings can have a great impact on communities, and participating in them was definitely formative for me. It allowed me to explore repertoire I hadn't sung before, and to become more deeply acquainted with works that I'd only done once or twice."

For this inaugural season of the Sings @ Smith, Baldwin and his colleague Jonathan Hirsh (Smith's Director of Orchestral and Choral Activities) have chosen to offer three of the great requiems of the 18th and 19th centuries, by Brahms, Fauré, and Mozart. Baldwin remarked upon the somewhat accidental manner in which these three requiems came together for this year; they were naturally chosen as great choral masterworks with whom thousands of singers have had powerful experiences at some point in their lifetimes, whether in high school, college, professional, church, or community choirs. He and Hirsh hope to provide a diverse group of singers at every level with the opportunity to deepen their relationship with a work, or, perhaps even more exciting, the possibility of becoming acquainted with a life-changing piece for the first time.

Fauré Requiem
Sunday, November 3, 7:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
Scores Provided
Accessible space

Joseph Baldwin, conductor



Mozart Requiem
Sunday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College

Jonathan Hirsh, conductor