NEWS ABOUT THE CHORAL TALES PROJECT
Choreographer Joins Choral Tales Team of Artists
September 19, 2017
We are delighted to announce that choreographer Fangfei Miao has joined our Choral Tales team of artists. Ms. Miao will be designing the dance for the folk tale from China.
Fangfei Miao is a PhD candidate in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation explores the transplantation of modern dance from the US to China in the late 1980s that gave rise to China's first modern dance company.
Before coming to the US, she received years of intensive training in Chinese folk dance, Chinese classical dance and modern dance.
Fangfei received her MA and BA from the top dance institution in China - the Beijing Dance Academy.
Premiere of "The Happy Man's Shirt" Delayed
February 11, 2017
We were looking forward to the premiere of "The Happy Man's Shirt" in March. It was to have been performed by the Chamber Choir of CSU Long Beach, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg, as part of the choir's spring concert at the university.
We have now learned from Dr. Talberg that the original plans for the concert had to be suspended, because the choir has recently been hired to perform an opera of the renowned American composer, Phillip Glass, at his 80th birthday celebration!
Congratulations to Dr. Talberg and the Chamber Choir for this additional recognition of their musical excellence! We continue to look forward to the premiere of "The Happy Man's Shirt" on another occasion.
Choral Tales Receives Large Donations
January 12, 2017
We are excited to share the news that our project is starting 2017 with large new donations.
We are ever so grateful to these friends of the project for their generosity. Their donations carry us much closer to completing our production budget.
"The music is magnificent. ...an extremely talented and gifted composer."
The above is a comment from a songwriter and producer in southern California, in response to the first Choral Tales piece to be composed by Ludwig Tuman, "The Happy Man's Shirt." Here is another:
“Congratulations for all the wonderful, healing and world-uplifting work you are doing!”
~ from a friend of the project in Florida
Choral Tales Translated for Use in Schools in Chile
December 22, 2016
We are proud to announce that the inspiring stories of the Choral Tales Project, as re-told in the words of collaborating author, Shirin Sabri, have recently been translated from English to Spanish for use in schools in a region of Chile. Our grateful thanks to Doris Pacheco Soto, a Chilean specialist in children's education, for recognizing the educational potential in these stories, proposing the initiative to our project, and coordinating the translations.
"I felt like I was listening to the voices of angels. I even imagined myself dancing..."
We continue receiving enthusiastic responses to the provisional recording prepared by Ludwig Tuman for "The Happy Man's Shirt," from all around the USA and many other countries. This is the first of the Choral Tales for which Ludwig has composed the music. The caption above was from a message received from a supporter of the project in the Philippines.
Another supporter, in San Mateo, California, sent this response:
“Beautiful... I felt my breathing slowing down, and I drifted into a calm place! I can't wait to hear the next chapters in this journey.”
Choral Tales Highlighted at Gathering in EU for Anniversary of Declaration of Planetary Consciousness
The Choral Tales Project was included in the slide show at the Club of Budapest gathering, held on Dec 2-3, 2016 for the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Planetary Consciousness. The event was attended by speakers and guests from 25 countries.
The poster/flier shown in the slide (shown above) was created by The Arts Collaborative, one of the two non-profits sponsoring our project.
The program highlighted examples of projects around the world, including our own, that promote oneness and positive change.
National Fashion League in Hungary to Partner with Choral Tales!
December 6, 2016
We are excited to announce that the National Fashion League, based in beautiful Budapest, Hungary, is partnering with the Choral Tales Project.
See their web site here: www.fashionhungary.com/
The National Fashion League is an umbrella organization for a number of designers dedicated to sustainable fashion and the using of eco-friendly materials. The League, which is a member of Fashion Council Europe, sees Choral Tales as a natural partner since one of the themes in the stories we are setting to music and dance is care of the environment.
Arrangements are being made through Dr. Gabriella Walek, President of the League, and also President of Global Sustainable Fashion Week.
Responses to First Choral Tales Piece Pour In
We have been receiving glowing responses to the music Ludwig Tuman wrote for "The Happy Man's Shirt," and the provisional recording he prepared. Responses have been coming from all around the USA and from many other countries. Here is a message received from a friend of the project in Beijing:
“This is absolutely stunning!!! It left me wanting more and imagining, with awe and delight, what the finished product might be like - what a tremendous accomplishment.
...It would be an honor to attend the performance, to watch this unfold on stage, whenever and wherever it is. Please keep me posted."
First Choral Tale to be Performed in Long Beach, California
November 15, 2016
We are grateful to share that the first piece composed by Ludwig Tuman for the Choral Tales Project - "The Happy Man's Shirt" - has been selected to be performed by the Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach, in their upcoming Spring Concert!
Dr. Jonathan Talberg, the choir's renowned director and head of vocal and opera studies at the University, decided to include this work in their concert shortly after Ludwig completed it and sent it to him.
To include this Choral Tales work in the university choir's selective concert repertoire was an independent decision on Dr. Talberg's part, and a high compliment.
The concert is separate from the video recording we will eventually make of the set of four Choral Tales, with narrative dancers, once the remaining pieces are written and the fund raising is completed.
The Chamber Choir at CSU Long Beach is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, making regular tours around the world.
They won the prestigious 2016 international competition for "Choir of the World," in Wales, an event in which choirs from all continents took part. All the 40+ singers are voice majors and their sound as a choir is simply glorious.
© Ludwig Tuman 2017