Hosted by Chor Leoni’s artistic director Erick Lichte, Chor Leoni Inside will feature concert videos recorded over the choir’s past seven years, plus new video content featuring music from the choir’s albums paired with artwork from local visual artists.
“The goal is to use the format and informality of a podcast with the timeliness of a live TV show,” says Lichte in the release. “[It will] give the show some regularity of broadcast and a sense of occasion, like our concerts, which are now impossible to do.”
The series kicks off on April 1 with conductor Ethan Sperry who will join the online broadcast live from his home in Portland, Oregon. Sperry will talk about Translations, his new recording of the works of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. The first video from the album, Ešenvalds’ In Paradisum, will premiere to artwork by Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr.
A professor of music at Portland State University, Sperry is also artistic director and conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers. A prolific arranger of world music for choirs, he holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in choral conducting from the University of Southern California.
The weekly series will continue with a rotating roster of local and internationally recognized music artists.
Lichte says that while he recognizes these virtual shows will not fully replace the live concert experience, it is today’s reality and will act as a bridge to when the choir can return to performing at its usual venues.
“I believe that choral music has a unique healing quality, it can offer serenity, beauty and can engage with people in ways even I don’t understand,” says Lichte. “We want to pair the power of choral music with the fun of an at-home show, in a way that is very Chor Leoni.”