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Life is too Short to Sing Badly| 15mins
Director: Christopher M Allport | Producer: Allport Production Studios International
Focus Years: 2000 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, art, creativity, education, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Life is too Short to Sing Badly is a beautiful documentary short by that chronicles the music making legacy that Mary Breden, DMA is carrying forward from her mentor, American choral conductor, Paul Salamunovich. Salamunovich (b. 1927) was the director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and served as the director of the choral program at St. Charles Boromeo church for 60 years. He also received Papal Knighthood in 1969. As an expert in Gregorian chant, and sacred music Breden continues this tradition and her teaching goes far beyond the music making: the bigger lessons is that the teaching will carry on further into her. This film also features the world premier of Morten Lauridsen's Ubi Caritas, a five part motet, based on the original Gregorian Chant, composed sometime between the 4th and the 10th centuries to commemorate the washing of the feet for Maundy Thursday. The choir the travels to Boston to sing at Boston College, for Father Thomas O'Malley, S.J. Dean Tom Kelley, of LMU's Communication and Fine Arts department also has some commentary and insight into the emotional tonality created by this choir. This college favorite shows the joy of the music making, as well as the joy of college kids having fun together, as part of what makes the hard work all worthwhile.
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Life is too Short to Sing Badly | 15mins

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