Make Music Winter: December 21, 2015

Prelude | James Holt

Amateur and professional singers led by Thomas McCargar walk together under a half-dozen bridges and archways in Central Park, while singing or playing an arrangement of the Prelude movement of Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1 very, very slowly. The result is a half-hour, slow-motion harmonic wash of sound and echoes conceived and produced by James Holt.

All vocalists are welcome; no sight-reading experience is necessary.  Instrumentalists are also welcome to join in following the same parts as singers.

To participate, please assemble at 64th street & 5th avenue at 4pm. To join, let us know your voice part, then download our iPhone application, Susync, which we’ll use to synchronize performers. On the day of the performance, simply show up with your phone and a pair of earbuds. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can download the parts and load them onto a phone or MP3 player: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, & Bass.

West side of 5th ave @ 64th st, 4:00pm

TBA, 5:00pm

How to Join
To perform, download the Susync app to your iPhone (sorry, no Android version), and bring it along with a pair of earbuds.

James Holt is a composer, podcaster, and arts administrator. His music has been performed across the country and internationally, including recent performances in New York, Boston, St. Paul, and San Francisco. James was born in California, raised in western Washington, went to graduate school in Indiana and lived for several years in New York City before settling back in Seattle. He produces both the Switchboard Music Festival podcast and My Ears Are Open, and has been a contributor to, Sequenza21, Q2, and SecondInversion. James currently lives and works in Seattle.

Thomas McCargar launched his singing career with the Grammy® Award-winning men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer, extensively touring the United States, Europe and Japan. He now lives in New York City, where he is a member of the acclaimed Trinity Wall Street Church Choir, and the Grammy® Award-nominated early ensemble Pomerium. Thomas has also appreared with Musica Sacra, Early Music New York, VOX Vocal Ensemble, New York Virtuoso Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, St. Thomas Church Choir, and Seraphic Fire, Miami’s professional chamber choir.


Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley