Ars Nova revisits Will Todd’s Mass in Blue on February 18
In preparation for Ars Nova’s virtual premiere of Made Cool, Executive Director Kimberly Brody caught up with Artistic Director Tom Morgan about this swinging approach to a traditional Latin mass:
Kim Well, here we are facing another period during which much of the choral world has been shuttered from rehearsing and performing. What have you been working on?
Tom This has definitely been a challenging time to be in the “people-sharing-same-space-expelling-air” business. It’s hard to think of singing as a dangerous activity, but we’re in an era of an airborne respiratory virus as contagious as the measles. Some professional ensembles have been able to navigate it by keeping their singers within a fairly controlled “bubble,” but Ars Nova draws singers from across the metro-area community, and that has made it very challenging to continue to sing together safely, at times of high community transmission.
But despite not gathering our singers for rehearsals, I’ve been busy. We have quite a catalogue of performance recordings, and I’ve identified several that I’ve wanted to assemble, re-package, and release to our audiences and the broader community. Will Todd’s jazz-based “Mass in Blue” is one of them, and we have an excellent recording of it from a memorable, really electrifying 2018 concert…