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Philip Barnes (F)

October 7, 2019

Philip Barnes, faculty, was mentioned in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which reviewed the opening concert for the St. Louis Chamber Chorus on 10.07.19: "The St. Louis Chamber Chorus is known for many things — the high quality of its a cappella singing, its adventuresome programming and commissioning of new works (many by women), its variety of venues. All this was demonstrated at Sunday afternoon’s season-opening concert, 'Swimming Over London.' It featured a moving world premiere by Australian-born composer Melissa Dunphy. The setting was the Masonic Prince Hall Grand Lodge in the Central West End, home of a traditionally African American Masonic organization. The building is a former swimming pool; known as the “Loreley” for the mythological Rhine temptress, it retains an unusual acoustic that lends additional depth of tone to the singing. Artistic director Philip Barnes started each half, appropriately, with a setting of Heinrich Heine’s famous poem “Die Lorelei” by Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860). The first was his original, so familiar that it’s often mistaken for a folk song; the second was the same tune as arranged by Helmut Barbe (b. 1927). It’s a perky song and was well sung in each manifestation." Read the whole article here