BRINGING BACK AUGUSTUS FROM THE DEAD! Good old Gus….a violin born in Germany circa 1850 (the same year and country as the premier of Wagner’s “Lohengrin”), eventually brought to the United States by an unknown owner, but soon vanishing circa 1938, lost and presumed dead. But in 1992, Gus was accidently found and exhumed from [...]
There is a poignant movie called “Christmas without Snow” in which John Houseman plays the part of a recently retired college choral director who has taken on a small volunteer church choir. The story line follows rehearsals for the choir’s first performance of a major work, Handel’s “Messiah”. Intriguingly, it also follows the behind the [...]
It was a moment where the boundaries between my real world and imagination faded. The waist-high grass along the creek bank combined with the eerie sounds of birds, insects, and wind in the trees to stir my imagination, transporting me suddenly into the world of my current television hero, Jungle Jim. From that point on, [...]
Learn more about the Academy Chorale and Academy Chamber Society in an interview with Michael Kemp, November 2010 from "The Ticket" in the Ambler Gazette.
The Choral Journal reviews Michael Kemp's book, The Choral Challenge, in this PDF from April 2010.