Summit Chorale; Juneau Vocal Alliance; Scarlet Knight Brass and Percussion Ensemble; Eun Hee Park, organ; Tami Petty, soprano; Sharon Byrne, mezzo-soprano; Mark A. Boyle, tenor; Jonathan Mortensen, baritone; Elaine Christy, harp | Thomas Juneau, conductor
Weaving together vocal musical styles of the past and present, composer and conductor Thomas Juneau, with the Juneau Vocal Alliance and Summit Chorale, present their debut Ravello Records release, VISIONS ETERNAL. Replete with transcendent performances and sweeping moments of musical euphoria, Juneau creates a stunning choral vision of eternal serenity and triumph.
The album opens with Te Deum, a boldly exuberant major work featuring grand instrumental fanfares, glorious choral singing and sublime performances by impeccable soloists. The Five Latin Motets portray moments of ecstatic beauty in “Virga Jesse,” harsh dissonances resolving into harmonic tranquility in “Ave Verum Corpus,” and the most dramatic work on the album, “Tenebrae Factae Sunt.” “Lux Aeterna” exhibits unique moments of tenderness and consolation while “Exsultate Justi” is a tour de force of choral virtuosity.
Beginning with the three movement Magnum Mysterium for treble chorus and harp, the musical journey culminates in settings of texts from the Christmas season. These three pieces – the mystical “O Magnum Mysterium,” endearing “Ave Maria,” and jubilant “Resonet in Laudibus” – depict the joyful characteristics of the season. The album concludes in a formidable outcry of vocal and instrumental exaltation in Gaudete. With text from the 16th century, the work begins with a flourish of celebratory brilliance, building intensity through an ecstatic dance until achieving a final colossal outpouring of sonic exclamation. Read More
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Thomas Juneau is active throughout the United States as both a conductor and composer. He is Music Director of Summit Chorale and the Juneau Vocal Alliance, as well as Director of Choral activities at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia PA. His first choral pieces were published when he was 17. Juneau has numerous works in publication with Carl Fischer Music, ECS Publishing, Walton Music, Hal Leonard Corporation, Alliance Music, and Southern Music Company. He has conducted in major Concert halls throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall.