The Heroes and Dreamers concert was shown on KSL.
The evening opened with a vibrant, dynamic and absolutely captivating performance of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Jessop captured the joyous character of the music with his perceptive direction that didn’t miss anything in terms of nuances and expressions. It was a wonderfully well rounded and striking interpretation that did full justice to this choral masterpiece.
Edward Reichel praised the American Festival Chorus as one of the Top 15 Concerts of 2012.
American Festival Chorus – Craig Jessop is without doubt one of the most perceptive choral conductors today. During his tenure as music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir he brought back the richness of sound that characterized the ensemble during its golden age. And as music director of Logan’s American Festival Chorus Jessop took a small regional choir and turned it into one of Utah’s most respected vocal ensembles. Their performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion last August was a study in subtlety and nuance and powerful for its emotional expressiveness.
There are a lot of good reasons to see the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah this Saturday. Under the direction of Craig Jessop, their concerts have that chill-inducing quality that classical music lovers associate with a fantastic performance.
Add their talent to Handel’s amazing music, and you can’t miss. Any work that has stayed popular since 1742 must be good.
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What do you get when the College of Engineering and the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory come together on a project?
The Black Friday craze turned a bit more enthusiastic at the Cache Valley Mall as about 150 people suddenly began performing a holiday song in front of an audience of nearly 1,000.
Shoppers at the Cache Valley Mall were treated to a Christmas-themed flash mob Friday, in a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.
A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the production, which was done by the American Festival Chorus.
“War Requiem” is rarely heard because of the gargantuan musical forces it requires. Its most recent Utah performances were presented by the Utah Symphony under Keith Lockhart in 2000. This week, there will be two new opportunities to experience the “War Requiem,” as a combination of ensembles under the direction of conductor Craig Jessop will perform the work in Logan and Salt Lake City.
Once in a while, there is a certain performance that is so memorable it leaves them with an indelible impression. That happened to Craig Jessop nearly two decades ago with Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.