March 22: Third Practice

"Songs of Body and Soul"
The Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
4 pm (doors at 3:30 pm)

"The performers outdid themselves in showing what local forces with heart can offer. The eight members of the chamber chorus Third Practice did evocative heavy lifting." - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

"The production was presented by the first-rate Great Noise Ensemble and Third Practice vocal ensemble " - Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

"The effect was stunning as the large choir in the front of the church was answered by the ethereal voices of Third Practice." - Patrick D. McCoy, Washington Life Magazine

This spring, Third Practice continues its year of Monteverdi with an exploration of the Italian madrigal. Worlds apart from the innocent 'fa la la' revelry of its English counterpart, this passionate genre concerns itself with love, lust, and the greater questions of our human existence. Its rich, dramatic language, rife with musical contrast, has left a lasting impact on Western music and inspired composers of the last four centuries. Third Practice is proud to be a part of this living, continuing tradition through giving the world premiere of two new madrigal-inspired works by Daniel Felsenfeld and Stephen Feigenbaum.

Third Practice is a professional chamber vocal ensemble that seeks to bring the beauty of the human voice to new and broader audiences. Its mission is to bridge the gap between traditional classical and contemporary music through thoughtful and adventurous programming that explores the close relationship between today's music and the music of the past. Third Practice is named after a term for the late style of the composer Claudio Monteverdi, in which he is said to have fused elements of the older "first practice" with the contemporary "second practice," creating a rich new musical language.