The Parting Glass

I’ve had the same piece of music stuck on perpetual repeat in my head for the past three days or so. At least it’s a nice selection.

Song Text

Of all the money, e’er I had,
I spent it in good company,
And all the harm I have ever done,
‘Alas it was to none but me.

And all I’ve done for want of wit,
To memory now I can’t recall,
So fill to me the parting glass,
Goodnight and joy be with you all.

So fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.

Of all the comrades that e’er I had,
They’re sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had,
They’d wish me one more day to stay.

But since it fell into my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I’ll gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.

Fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.

Fill to me the parting glass,
And drink a health whate’er befalls,
Then gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be to you all.

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NCSU Choirs Spring Concert

On Friday, 5 April at 7:00pm, the State Chorale, Vox Accalia (NCSU’s women’s choir), and Singing Statesmen (NCSU’s men’s choir) will host their annual spring concert at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC.

Each choral group will be presenting the best of the music they have rehearsed this semester. The State Chorale (my group) will sing:

“Salmo 150” – Ernani Aguiar

“Justorum animae” – Charles Villiers Stanford

“An Die Heimat” – Johannes Brahms

“O Adonai” – Roderick Williams

Three Shakespeare Songs – Matthew Harris

“Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

“And Will A’ Not Come Again”

“When Daffodils Begin to Peer”

“Am I Born to Die?” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“Turkey in the Straw” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” – Trad. Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan

“John the Revelator” – Trad. Gospel Blues, arr. Caldwell/Ivory

I have been honored with the Celebrant solo in Roderick Williams’ Advent antiphon, “O Adonai,” likely placing me alone in the front of the church. I don’t even like being in the front row of the choir, so here’s to stressful adventures!

This concert is open to the public.

Tickets (also available at the door, cash or check only):
$10 Public
$8 Senior Citizens, Students, NCSU Faculty & Staff
$5 NCSU Students
(Children under 12 free with ticketed adult.)

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Community Choral Celebration

On Tuesday, 26 February at 7:00pm, the State Chorale will provide the finale to the Community Choral Celebration at Edenton Street UMC in downtown Raleigh.

Following several high school choirs, we will close the concert with Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Justorum animae” and three of Matthew Harris’ Shakespeare Songs: “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” “And Will A’ Not Come Again?,” and “When Daffodils Begin to Peer.”

This concert is free and open to the public.

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“Il Trovatore”

Today I’m pleased to announce that I will be joining the opera chorus in North Carolina Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. This will be a semi-staged production, sung in Italian with English supertitles. Even though I quite like opera, this will actually be my first experience working with it, so I’m quite excited.

The two performances are as follows (click for tickets):

27 April 2012 – Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, NC
29 April 2012 – Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

As an NC State student, I’m afraid I’ll have to do some purification rituals after the second performance, though.

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NCSU Choral Collage Concert

As you may know, I’ve been a part of North Carolina State University’s State Chorale for seven semesters now. In that time I’ve had the privilege of presenting some fantastic music with a very talented group of singers.

This semester, on 1 November 2011 at 7:00pm in Stewart Theater (NCSU Campus) we will be joining our fellow NCSU choirs – the Singing Statesmen and Vox Accalia – as a mass choir of nearly one hundred voices with the Raleigh Civic Symphony to present Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 115 and John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill”.

Today I am pleased to announce that I have been honored with the baritone solo in the Mendelssohn piece, meaning it’s just the orchestra and I through the entire third movement. We can always use a boost to our egos, right? Needless to say, I’m very humbled by my selection. Unfortunately, with the addition of the “The Masque of the Red Death”, this means I have 12 significant solo roles over the course of just three weeks! Yes, I’m frightened.

This is going to be a great concert, so if you’re in the area the evening of 1 November, stop by and say “hello”!

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“The Masque of the Red Death”

I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to sing with the orchestra at Carolina Ballet‘s The Masque of the Red Death. This short ballet is a prelude to the bigger attraction, Dracula. Both of these shows were great last year, so I highly recommend them. Tickets go on sale to the public 15 August 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.carolinaballet.com/dracula.html.

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Simplification is Wonderful

Two days, two critical web-related changes. Back in Summer 2010 I began work on my dedicated music website. As I relearned bits and pieces of web design and applied new techniques I had picked up from around the web, the site came together ever so slowly. By time I launched the site in October 2010, I was quite proud of my work, and still am. However, I quickly discovered that my infrastructure was in no way designed with future changes in mind. Even subtle tweaks ended up taking me hours to perfect, and as we move increasingly toward a mobile-focused Internet, I was going to have to make some very significant changes to adapt my design to mobile platforms.

My savior? WordPress. I had been using WordPress for several years for my photography blog and had grown rather fond of it, so I decided to give it a go. The beauty of this new infrastructure is that I don’t have to do any of the backend work. While I was at it, I figured why not knock my newest personal webpage project out of the way too? Thus, today my blog became my personal website. I feel a sense of reduced stress already. All hail simplicity!

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Changes, Changes Everywhere…

…and not a drop to – wait, that sounded better in my head. Recently, my web presence has expanded beyond photography to also now include my music. At the time of each site’s launch, I chose titles and URLs specific to the individual site, such as nowlanjourneys.com and nowlanmusic.com. However, I soon found out that this decision made marketing and spreading the word about both of these sites surprisingly difficult and inefficient. So, I started working on a solution. Little did I know how big of a pain such a change could be.

First, I needed a central hub where I could easily direct visitors to my different sites. Naturally, http://christophernowlan.com/ was a perfect location for this hub. I tried out an about.me page and I liked that simple format, but the ads and prominent about.me branding really killed the professional feel of the page. The only problem standing in my way now was that I didn’t want to spend an additional $5.00 a month to host a single page.

christophernowlan.com

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UPDATE: And just like that, this page is gone. As you can see, I came up with an even better idea for christophernowlan.com.

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Sorry about the dearth of updates lately, but October has been in a word, booked.  Most of October has had me engaged at Carolina Ballet for a vocal part in The Masque of the Red Death.  Between 10/14 and 10/31, I have performed a total of 11 times.  My commitment will finally end with a run-out performance to Winston-Salem, NC tomorrow night.  So, now you know what I’ve been doing with my time instead of wandering around taking pictures.

Speaking of photography, I have decided to leave a gaping hole in my wallet this year and make the move up to a DSLR.  Well actually, to be technically correct, I’m moving up to a DSLT.  As it stands now, I have yet to see a penny in returns from my photographic ventures.  I’m hoping that with this long-awaited jump I can finally start marketing myself in a way that will hopefully bring in even a little revenue.  Sadly my newest tech child is backordered and isn’t scheduled to arrive before December, but rest assured you’ll know when she arrives.

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A New Experience

A little over a year ago, my high school choir called me back while I was in town to strengthen their bass section for an audition recording of the Star-Spangled Banner to send to the Atlanta Braves.  After a couple of passes, we arrived at an acceptable recording and the audition was submitted.  Then around the start of this year, the news was sent my way that the choir had been invited to sing on April 16, 2010.  Read more