Make Music Winter: December 21, 2016

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. Let us know you are coming by signing up here to get a sense of group size and in case we have updates for you! To participate, please assemble at 64th street & 5th avenue at 4pm. FOR PARTS visit Soundcloud OR James Holt’s website to stream the Soundcloud files & If you don’t have an iPhone, you can download the parts and load them onto a phone or MP3 player: born between 1st-8th, born between 9th-16th, born between 17th-24th, & born between 25th-31st.
West side of 5th ave @ 64th st, 4:00pm

Bethesda Terrace, 5:00pm

How to Join
Sign up and link to the tracks.

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