A glorious season for a program aptly named GLORIA presented on December 9 by the Monterey Peninsula Voices under the direction of Dr. Sean Boulware with the inimitable piano gifts of Michelle Galindo. A dozen selections featuring a variety of musical styles from Palestrina to contemporary arrangers of the older styles graced the program. The one hundred plus singers joyfully sang through the repertoire with ringing voices in the wonderful acoustic of the Butterfly Church – First United Methodist Church in Pacific Grove. Within the selections, all with “Gloria” in the title, were a number of familiar carols that Boulware encouraged audience sing-along. A special touch for the “South African Gloria” by William Bradley Roberts was the debut of Isaiah Boulware as conductor with his Dad on percussion. Young Boulware shows terrific promise as an all around musician in conducting and then later in the program as percussionist.
While using some recorded accompaniments, Galindo had plenty of opportunity to show off her considerable piano chops. Craig Courtney’s “Gloria” utilized some of the most rocking rhythms of the evening. Paul Basler’s “Gloria” from Missa Kenya featured soloist John Paff, bass. His confident and enthusiastic acappella Gloria in Excelsis Deo announcement led to the chorus answering with equal enthusiasm and with the younger Boulware on percussion. Ric Domenico’s “Gloria! A Carol Medley” included the most singable carols to the delight of the audience. Another feature of this program was the reading of several story excerpts in between the vocal numbers. Major parts of the traditional Christmas Nativity along with humorous stories were read by several chorus members.
So, how many ways can you sing “Gloria?” As many as Boulware found for his singers to share with the audience. It was probably difficult to narrow down to the dozen as the wealth of compositions extolling the Christmas story with the Gloria from the Latin Mass is most likely uncountable. Boulware has the knack of choosing just the right combination for his singers of the Monterey Peninsula Voices. This is a true community choir of all ages and backgrounds. Final words from Boulware at the end of the program included not only joyful greetings of the season but encouragement to take advantage of the many local groups performing during these weeks leading to Christmas.
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