CMC In the News
Lawrence Toppman,Charlotte Observer, September 11, 2019
The oratorio moves smoothly and restlessly through genres: classically structured numbers that suggest one of J.S. Bach’s passions, a native American-tinged lament, a country yodel, a gospel celebration. It starts with the life of Shepard, a University of Wyoming student when he died at 21, carries us through the killers’ trial — even asking us to consider what we have in common with them, however minimally — and ends with a reaffirming vision. The piece doesn’t just remember Shepard; it considers what his death might mean to us today.
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Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC, December 8, 2018
Though originally presented in a concert hall, I couldn't help feeling that the church, the authentic instruments, and the reduced orchestra brought us closer to the Messiah that Handel originally imagined – and what amazed Dubliners in 1742 actually heard. Compared to Belk Theater, which flings the sound of the chorus at us, First United seemed to cuddle, warm, and slightly mute the Master Chorale's sound before it wafted over the musicians' heads.
Lawrence Toppman,Charlotte Observer, December 8, 2018
Potter set the tone from the overture, which was lean and fleet, and this approach had benefits and drawbacks. On the positive side, it let soloists cope with long, florid passages in one breath. It showed off the chorus’ pyrotechnic skills: No matter how fast they went, diction and division of notes stayed clean. Numbers that required rage, terror or exuberance came off well.
Lawrence Toppman,Charlotte Observer, December 5, 2018
That prospect has Potter, who took over leadership of this chorus in 2015, examining less-explored corners of the choral repertoire....“Charlotte’s a large enough place, with all its church choirs and people who appreciate choral music, that I think there’s a market for us,” he says. “We can do a big Brahms Requiem (which the chorale sang in November) or small Duruflé motets. My vision is that this will be a destination for singers and audiences to experience choral music in a fresh way.”
Brandy Beard,Gaston Gazette, December 4, 2018
The renown Charlotte Master Chorale is coming to Gaston County for a rare performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in an event organizers hope become an annual tradition....“I think there are plenty of people in Gastonia in my experience -- and I’m going to speak from the heart here as someone who has worked his whole adult life in Gaston County -- there is much appreciation for great music,” said Kenney Potter, artistic director and conductor of the Charlotte Master Chorale. “I’ve witnessed that firsthand.”