Resonant connection

first_imgA recent performance in Harvard’s vaulted Sanders Theatre looked more like a rock concert than a recital of early Renaissance music. Standing in the first two rows, a group of young boys and teens clad in jeans and crimson sweatshirts hooted and hollered for the singers onstage.The fans weren’t undergraduates, but members of a choir in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester that has a deep connection to the Harvard Glee Club, the country’s oldest college chorus, founded in 1858.Much of what the Glee Club is today can be traced to the efforts of Archibald T. Davison, a Harvard man with a passion for music and song. A member of the Harvard College Class of 1906, Davison returned to the University for his graduate studies in 1907, joined the Harvard Music Department in 1910, and eventually took on the role of Harvard organist and choirmaster. In 1912, at the urging of singers in the Glee Club, Davison became its “coach.” Several years later, “Doc,” as he was known, became its first official conductor. His hard work and strong musicianship, together with his openness to a broad repertoire, transformed the club.“He possessed shrewd but ever-tactful skill; a desire to lead men, not force them; and as well an uncompromising idealism,” wrote the Harvard Crimson in its obituary, in 1961, for the longtime Harvard conductor and music professor.But before his return to campus, Davison conducted another choir: the All Saints’ Choir of Men and Boys for the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, in Dorchester.“When we discovered the connection we went, ‘Oh, wow,’” said Andrew Sheranian, director of the Dorchester choir. “Archibald is the one who turned the Harvard Glee Club into what it is today.”Harvard and the Dorchester program have joined forces over the past two years, a partnership that has produced concerts, performances at services, and a fellowship in honor of Davison. On Saturday at Sanders Theatre the Dorchester choir will join with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum for a performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.”Sheranian, who takes a firm but kind approach to leading an often rambunctious group (with members as young as 7), said his first encounter with Harvard came purely by chance. Seeking advice about ways to recruit for his program, a mix of boys and teenagers as well as professional and volunteer men, he sent out an email to a national list of music directors. The only reply came from Andrew Clark, Harvard’s director of choral activities.Andrew Sheranian (left): “To really have these kinds of role models encouraging them and helping them out right there in the room with them … we are just beginning to see the benefits.”Over lunch they struck on the idea of partnering for concerts. Building on that success, they started looking for a way “to really cement the relationship,” recalled Sheranian. “That is why we founded the fellowship. Really at its heart it’s a mentoring program.”For Sheranian, changing the minds of boys who think being in a church choir is uncool is a constant struggle. He called the experience with the Harvard Glee Club “a shot in the arm” for his program. “To really have these kinds of role models encouraging them and helping them out right there in the room with them … we are just beginning to see the benefits.”One of those role models is Harvard sophomore Michael Raleigh, a music concentrator with a burgeoning interest in conducting. “I was working as a summer choir manager with Andy and he told me that he had an offer that I couldn’t refuse,” said Raleigh.As the first Davison Fellow last fall, Raleigh worked with the students on Thursday afternoons and sang with the choir during Sunday Mass. Much of his early coaching, he admitted, consisted of fixing the singers’ postures and keeping them from distraction. But soon he began to focus on the music.“It’s great to see them develop — they are sort of like sponges. They learn how to identify 12 keys more quickly than I can teach my friends to do it,” said Raleigh, whose guidance of the students goes beyond sight-reading and ear training skills to include tutoring in subjects such as Greek and Latin, and help with homework before rehearsals.“Watching them learn and make connections [and seeing that] little ‘aha’ moment is always a lot of fun.”An autoimmune disease that has left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair forced Raleigh take a medical leave from Harvard this spring, but he hasn’t allowed his health issues to cut him off from the choir. After a brief hospitalization and ongoing rehab, he was with the students last week for their Holy Thursday service. During a pizza break between final rehearsal and the beginning of Mass, the singers gathered round Raleigh, welcoming him back with warm smiles and hand slaps.“He’s awesome. … He helps us with our voices, helps us with our solos, he’s just a really nice person overall,” 11-year-old Mayal Levy of Dorchester said of Raleigh.Working with such young singers involves navigating a musical landscape dominated by technology and a popular culture obsessed with self-promotion.“Andrew and I talk about how countercultural choral music is as an activity in the age of ‘American Idol’ … [and the notion] that music doesn’t necessarily always have to be a ‘me’ activity,” said Clark. “The idea that you come into a community for what I call the ‘we’ activity, and you concentrate on your craft for an hour plus at time without being tethered to Facebook or your iPhone and you really sort of sacrifice yourself for the greater good of the community.”Sheranian conducts the All Saints’ Choir of Men and Boys.But while uniting the choirs shows the younger singers how much fun it can be to work in a broader musical community and elevates the “cool factor,” the project’s effects hardly stop there.“As it often happens in service,” said Clark, “I feel like we are the ones being changed, impacted, educated, maybe, more than the people that we are aiming to serve.”The Glee Club’s president, Matthew Tufano, agreed. “The guys have really enjoyed it and really felt like they’re giving back, that’s … what I’ve seen in everybody’s eyes. Whenever we sing with the boys … we really feel like we are giving back.”Sixteen-year-old Joseph Edwards, who has been with the Ashmont choir for nine years, said that performing with members of the Harvard Glee Club during a recent concert at Memorial Church was one of the high points of his singing career.“It was really fun actually, just singing with them and knowing that yeah, I am a part of this,” said Edwards. “Just to be in that environment; it’s like, Harvard.”Asked if he hoped to attend Harvard one day, Edwards nodded. “Yeah,” he said, with a smile.last_img read more

Cricket News Usman Khawaja blasts second century in series decider vs India in Delhi

first_imgUsman Khawaja notched up his second century.Australia has not won an ODI series since 2009 in India.Australia has not won a bilateral series since 2017. highlights New Delhi: Usman Khawaja continued his magnificent run in the ODI series against India by slamming his second ton in the deciding clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Khawaja, who had broken his century drought in the third ODI at Ranchi and missed out on a chance in Mohali, notched up the milestone and displayed tremendous confidence against both pace and spin on a wicket which assisted the batsmen. Australia had won an important toss and it was Khawaja who led from the front with a brilliant display of batting as India’s bowlers once again failed to build pressure in this important encounter. Khawaja opened his account with a boundary by flicking Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the deep backward square leg fence and he managed to find the boundary in the first powerplay. In the fourth over bowled by Mohammed Shami, he flicked a full ball on the pads to deep square leg and drove another full delivery to the deep extra cover fence. The left-hander was already looking comfortable and he laid a solid base with Aaron Finch, who also showed some signs of form. The confidence displayed by Khawaja rubbed off on Finch and he clubbed Shami for two boundaries himself.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. After driving Bhuvneshwar straight down the ground and bringing the fifty-run opening stand up, Khawaja targeted the spinners and he tackled them brilliantly. He launched Kuldeep Yadav over wide long on by dancing down the track and getting to the pitch of the ball. Although Finch departed to a magnificent ball from Ravindra Jadeja, Khawaja notched up his fifty off just 48 balls. With the spinners in operation, Kohli was hopeful of a wicket but with a combination of wonderful usage of his feet and employing the sweep shot, Khawaja nullified the threat.  Khawaja rotated the strike well and when Kohli brought back Shami into the attack, the left-hander greeted him by pulling a short ball to the deep midwicket fence. He employed the reverse sweep against Jadeja and smashed Kuldeep for a big six down the ground to get into the 80s. Khawaja made steady progress and he reached the landmark by pushing Kuldeep to the cover region for a quick single. The celebrations from Khawaja was one of satisfaction, realising that there was still a big task left to do. His second century also put Khawaja in an elite list. He became the leading second-highest run-getter in a five-match ODI series for Australia, going past David Warner’s tally of 367 runs which he smashed against Pakistan in the 2017 series which Australia won 4-1. That was the last time Australia had won an ODI bilateral series. However, after reaching the landmark, Khawaja drove a full ball from Bhuvneshwar to Virat Kohli at short cover.Khawaja’s knock has put Australia in a great position and they will be hopeful of creating some history in the Delhi ODI as they look to break their two-year rut in ODIs.last_img read more

KP Boateng returns for Milan against Chievo

first_imgGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is back in the AC Milan squad to face Chievo Verona on Sunday afternoon.Boateng has been out of action for several weeks with a recurring groin problem and is an important boost for the Serie A leaders.His services are needed considering Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini, Marek Jankulovski and Gianluca Zambrotta are absent.Goalkeeper Abbiati returns for his first match since suffering concussion in Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Tottenham.Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Paleari, Abate, Antonini, Nesta, Oddo, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Boateng, Emanuelson, Flamini, Gattuso, Merkel, Seedorf, Van Bommel, Cassano, Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more