Cooley, Labelle, and McGegan perform with “utter conviction to the cause”

Cooley, Labelle, and McGegan perform with “utter conviction to the cause”

“Tenor Thomas Cooley brought the first shadings of darkness and potential consolation to the stage. Singing over the murmurous strings, he shaded lines about “distresses” and “deep afflictions” with an amber mournfulness…Soprano Dominque Labelle joined the excitement part way through, her voice rising in lustrous and urgent descant…From the first, swaggering entrance of the trombones to the final, gleaming, and richly woven chorus, Music Director Nicholas McGegan led the combined forces of his responsive band, an augmented Philharmonia Chorale, and three soloists on a musical and dramatic spirit quest. Everyone played and sang with utter conviction to the cause.”

– Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

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