Third Practice is proud to announce the appointment of Joshua Bornfield as its first Composer-in-Residence. Dr. Bornfield has been called “a completely new and original voice” (Phyllis Bryn-Julson). His chamber, choral, and orchestral music has won regional and national awards. He has been commissioned by Washington National Opera, Lorelei Ensemble (supported by New Music USA), Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Boston Handel & Haydn Society, and Toronto Opera. He lives in Baltimore, where he manages the War Memorial Arts Initiative.
This fall, Third Practice presents the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield's mixed voice arrangement of his work Reconstruction, a choral fantasy on 19th-century American hymnody. This beautiful five movement work looks to the structure of the Roman Catholic Mass for inspiration; as such, we've chosen to intersperse its robust Americana strains with movements from Byrd's immortal Mass for Four Voices. An anthem by early American composer William Billings and a shape-note inspired Psalm setting by Martin Bresnick set the tone for this inventive reimagining of American choral traditions.
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1914 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:10 PM - Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM - Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:15PM - McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th & O St, Washington, DC
All concerts are free and open to the public – a free-will offering will be collected.
What the Press is Saying
"[T]he entire evening proved a winner, the singers sustaining vocal energy, unfailing technique and expressive nuances throughout three vastly different works." - Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post
"The performers outdid themselves in showing what local forces with heart can offer. The eight members of the chamber chorus Third Practice did evocative heavy lifting." - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
"The production was presented by the first-rate Great Noise Ensemble and Third Practice vocal ensemble …" - Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
"The effect was stunning as the large choir in the front of the church was answered by the ethereal voices of Third Practice." - Patrick D. McCoy, Washington Life Magazine