The following article was written by Cherie Hu '17 (Collegium), and appeared on the Office for the Arts at Harvard Arts Blog the day before students from RCS and Collegium performed the ONE MUSIC concert in Sanders Theatre.
In many ways, choral concerts are a bastion of tradition. Standing statically in SATB formation, singers often perform pieces drawn from classical repertoire that for many are inaccessible or unrecognizable, interspersed with brief applause from the audience.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Radcliffe Choral Society will be breaking free from those traditions with ONE MUSIC, the annual fall concert 8:00 pm Friday, November 4 in Sanders Theatre. This marks my first year singing as a member of Collegium, and I could not be more thrilled to engage with such a diverse, experimental program.
Author: Christie Cheng, '17 (Radcliffe Choral Society)
This past June, the Radcliffe Choral Society (RCS) embarked on a groundbreaking tour to Indonesia, traveling to four cities on three different islands. This tour was both the first time RCS had traveled to Southeast Asia since 1967 and the first time any American collegiate chorus had toured Indonesia. One of the main goals of our tour was to learn, grow, and facilitate cultural exchange and understanding with local communities. In doing so, RCS extended beyond their comfort zones to fully embrace and learn from the multi-faceted nature of Indonesian society.