Make Music Winter, Thursday, Dec. 21

Prelude | James Holt

Under the direction of conductor Thomas McCargar, amateur and professional singers are welcome to join a vocal parade through Central Park while singing a commissioned arrangement of the Prelude movement of Bach’s “G-Major Cello Suite No. 1” conceived by composer James Holt that has been slowed dramatically to a contemplative tempo. The parade pauses under the resonant bridges and archways of the park to create a harmonic wash of sound and echoes.

Amateur vocalists and the curious are welcome participate; no sight-reading experience is necessary.  Acoustic instrumentalists are also welcome to join in following the same parts as singers.

Gather at 11:45 AM to prepare in front of Central Park’s Arsenal Building at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street.  The group will depart at 12:00 PM to wend its way through the park at a leisurely pace for approximately 45 minutes before ending at Bethesda Fountain.

Prior to December 21st, please send an email with the subject line “Prelude” to to give us a sense of the size of the group. For the vocal parts, visit James Holt’s website to stream the Soundcloud files. Or if you don’t have an iPhone, you can download the parts and load them onto any mobile phone or MP3 player by visiting: born between 1st-8th, born between 9th-16th, born between 17th-24th, & bornbetween 25th-31st.

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.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative