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SETTING STANDARDS
by
GEORGE HENDERSON

 


FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 (THE FIRST FRIDAY!)
TIME: 7:30P.M. SHARP!
PLACE: CHRIST CHURCH - THIRD FLOOR MEETING ROOM,
PARK AVENUE AND 60TH ST., N.Y.C.
$3.00 Admission at the Door + FREE to Members of the Society

This month, George Henderson will (at last!) be making the good effort to raise the bar, not only with recordings that he calls “the reason we all collect records (and CDs)”, but also in the area of sound reproduction, another passion he has shared with us over the years. High-resolution audio is the domain of today’s top digital engineers – like our own Seth Winner – and provides the best way to get the most out of a recording. With the use of some specialized equipment and computer software, we will be hearing a clearer, more musical “take” on some excellent singing, from recordings of legendary artists we have treasured in our ear’s memory, as well as from other voices and recordings that are equally worthy of top billing.

The program will begin with Franco Corelli at his vocal and dramatic best, and we’ll enjoy artists as diverse as Rethberg, Grob-Prandl, Wittrisch and Melchior along the way, in repertoire that will delight and even surprise you – and of course a full measure of superb Mezzos and Basses, too. In the process, we will hear a baritone become a tenor, and arguably “the most perfect recording ever made of that music”, along with a sampling of one of the most sublime full-opera recordings in existence, newly available in its most refulgent and revealing sound, ever. There will also be a gorgeous example of “so THAT’s what’s really going on in the orchestral accompaniment!” The last item on the program will be yet another example of the “ne plus ultra” level of recording achievement, and just couldn’t be more different from Corelli’s tenor excellence at the beginning. Stay tuned!

A VRCS member for over 35 years now, and a presenter of programs for about that long, George is well known to many in our group, especially as an audiophile, ever on that quest for better sound. As the music director at the Church of the Holy Name in East Orange, New Jersey, his duties include playing, singing, and directing the choir. He also does live recording of opera, recital and choral events, and really enjoys accompanying singers. Restoring the sound for CD compilations of “music that belongs together” – both popular and classical – is his favorite hobby.

Do plan to be with us on the first Friday of June, when Mr. Henderson will once again prove that past performance is a great indicator of future excellence!

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DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 (THE FIRST FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:30PM SHARP
PLACE: CHRIST CHURCH THIRD FLOOR MEETING ROOM, 60TH ST. & PARK AVE., N.Y.C.

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