Rebecca Rollett often references her organizational experiences in her posts here. Well, the Pittsburgh Camerata, which she directs, gave a performance Saturday night that got quite the review in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Andrew Druckenbrod called it remarkable. Kudos, Momma! Read on, everyone.....
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 By Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Arrangements of African-American spirituals have been a part of the art chorus tradition for so long that they have attained their own genre status.
Even when watered down in cheesy arrangements, spirituals are among the most potent and compelling music an American chorus can sing. Yet, most professional choirs are content to plug in a set of two or three in a concert. Not that this is lip -- or vocal cord -- service. It's just that more context is available if a choir opts for it as the Pittsburgh Camerata has done in its "Out of Africa" concerts.
Based on the concert I attended Saturday night at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, I believe this is the most remarkable program that artistic director Rebecca Rollett has created in her 13-year tenure of, well, remarkable programming.