Dominick DiOrio leads NOTUS in a shining collection of contemporary compositions that span genres and languages to paint a complex picture of twenty-first century America.
DiOrio led his choristers and organ accompanist Clara Gerdes Bartz in a stunning interpretation of this modern masterpiece. The chorus’ singing was both supple and powerful, and Bartz employed the countless woodwind and string registrations of First Presbyterian’s legendary pipe organ to symphonic effect.
"NOTUS and DiOrio handle each of these works exceptionally well, taking particular care to exemplify each of the contrasting styles featured in these diverse offerings. I found myself constantly enraptured by the artistry displayed by the musicians in the ensemble, whose brilliant performances accentuate the meaningful narratives constructed in this wonderful set of repertoire. I heartily recommend this touching, thought-provoking, and well-executed album."
Both organizations are impactful in their own rights – combined, they can create significant change and meaningfully influence the conversation around how and why music is valuable in our communities.
The CCM Chamber Choir and Cincinnati Youth Choir opened the performance with the premiere of "The Vast and Boundless Sky" by Dominick DiOrio. It was commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Cincinnati Youth Choir, CCM ensemble-in-residence. Full of energy and hope, this bright work highlights the courage, creativity and pure joy that cannot be stifled by dark times.
Today, Dominick is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner-workings and personalities of our composers and performers. Read on to learn more about the modern historical events that inspired this album, and a sneak peek into the ensemble’s upcoming projects…
The vocal talents of the NOTUS students bring each composition to life with a mesmerizing grace, creating hauntingly gorgeous melodies that effortlessly capture American culture through song.
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music new music chamber chorus NOTUS recently released its second album, “What Is Ours: Music for an America in Progress,” on Navona Records. The recording is available on numerous digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.