Metropolitan Master Chorale’s world premiere of TEMPUS a smash…
March 26, 2014 – By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
Music evokes the memory and emotions of different times of our lives as well as times of day. In its Tempus concert this past weekend in West Hollywood, the Metropolitan Master Chorale (MMC) continued its 2013-14 season, sharing works with sounds and lyrics for times of the day.
Artistic Director Glenn Carlos proudly premieres a work commissioned especially for the MMC and
composed by two-time Emmy award-winning composer Ken Eberhard.
Mr. Eberhard’s work, As the Hours Pass: Three Songs on the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, includes movements for morning, noon, and dusk. The composer discussed this work in a pre-concert talk immediately preceding the concerts.
Through this piece and others, the concert calls us to slow down and savor the feelings of each moment of our day.
According to Mr. Eberhard, “I wanted to portray a day in everyone’s life. The text, coming from Emily Dickenson, fit my plan perfectly.
“Starting with dawn, the romantic Break of Day tells the story of two lovers as they begin their day and prepare to bid farewell to their love. As the concert continues through the sun’s path, the chorale shares movements from Haydn’s The Creation as well as contemporary pieces such as Craig Courtney’s Let There Be Light and celebrated composer Eric Whitacre’s surprising and fun Little Birds.
“The day comes to an end, accompanied by flute and oboe, in Song to the Moon by Z. Randall Stroope and the beautiful Lullaby from Daniel Elder’s Three Nocturnes.”
Mr. Eberhard explained how accessible he tried to make the piece. “The first movement is easily recognizable as a dawn, with one instrument at a time entering, The text in the second movement sometimes has almost a religious tone, but what it’s really about is friends, lovers suffering loss – maybe one passed away or there was a split – and all hope to see one another again. In third movement, we turn toward a nocturnal theme, so we have people rejoining at home after a day at work and I tried to give it a kind of lyrical beauty.”
Glenn Carlos, who has more than 30 years of experience conducting, performing, teaching voice, composing, arranging and recording, formed the Chorale in 2009 to, “form an ensemble that focuses on advanced choral techniques and heightened musical sensitivity.”
This premier is exciting to him, because, “This is the first piece we’ve commissioned, and it’s kind of a groundbreaking piece.”
He related the tale of how his office-mate ran across Mr. Eberhard’s website and turned him onto the music presented there – for television.
He thought to himself, “These poly-rhythms are so cool; I wish someone would write something like that for choir. It’s really different harmonic language and the grooves are really fresh – the first two movements, well, I’ve never heard anything like it.”
Mr. Carlos is Director of Choral Activities at Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches voice and conducts several ensembles. Mr. Carlos’ Vocal Jazz ensemble was one of eight groups statewide selected to perform in Sacramento as part of a celebration of California State community colleges. He is also a consultant for the Grammy Awards Foundation.
Mr. Carlos’ teaching and conducting posts have included the University of Southern California, California State University, Long Beach, Pasadena City College, the Ebell Women’s Chorale and the Hollywood Master Chorale. He has been featured as a soloist with and has prepared choirs for David Foster, Diane Warren, Michael Feinstein, Dave Brubeck and Shelly Berg.
His published original compositions and arrangements are available through UNC Press and Yelton Rhodes Music. Mr. Carlos is frequently invited to appear as a guest clinician and adjudicator for high schools and colleges throughout California. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.
KEN EBERHARD keneberhard.com
Ken Eberhard is a two-time Emmy winning composer who writes music for film and television. He began his studies at the age of eight with piano lessons and soon after started composing. While in high school he became interested in writing and performing instrumental music and spent time playing saxophone and bassoon in various ensembles. During this time he also cultivated an interest in electronics and MIDI, recording short works on four-track tape.
Upon finishing high school he attended Occidental College where he studied jazz piano with Terry Trotter, electronic music with Clark Spangler, and bassoon with Rose Corrigan. His teachers’ vast Hollywood session experience helped focus his desire to transfer to the University of Southern California where he studied composition and participated in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program led by Buddy Baker. Upon graduating USC with honors, Ken was awarded the Pete Carpenter Fellowship and an internship at Mike Post’s studio. He was soon introduced to W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, and began working on television shows such as Roseanne, Ellen, and Early Edition.
After a year at Snuffy’s studio, Ken decided to attend graduate school in order to continue his musical studies and devote more time to creating works for the concert stage. He attended the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music where he was able to write for some of the finest young artists in the country. During this time he was chosen to write a piece for the new music ensemble, eighth blackbird, who recently won their third Grammy in 2013. While in school he studied with award-winning composers Christopher Rouse, Stephen Hartke, William Bolcom, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli, and David Liptak.
After earning his doctorate in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 2002 he returned to Los Angeles to continue his career in the entertainment industry. He went on to work with composers W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, Bennett Salvay, Danny Pelfrey, Jeff Lippencott, and Mark T. Williams on projects including The Celebrity Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, Shark Tank, Hotel Hell, Guiding Light, Peaceful Warrior, Providence, Surface, American Dreams, and Strong Medicine. While working with Danny Pelfrey on Guiding Light he was nominated in 2005 and won the Emmy for Music Composition for a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008.
Ken has been working at Ah2 Music as a composer and orchestrator since 2006. He has written many pieces for the Filtered Music Library and has had music in numerous television shows such as Love In the Wild, The Great Escape, Expedition Impossible, and Police Women. He has recently completed the score to Huff, his second feature film with director Paul Morrell. The micro-budget, Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust, went on to have a successful theatrical run and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The soundtracks to both films are available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.