27 MINUTES 2018
YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SING IN A CHOIR. BUT WHAT IF YOU CAN'T SING? ISABELLA, AVERY AND TYLER CAN HELP!
"I FELL IN LOVE WITH THOSE KIDS. THAT FILM SHOULD WIN EVERY PRIZE IN THE WORLD."
DR. RAINER WEISS, NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE 2017
THE INAUGURAL CITY OF BOSTON
ARTIST FELLOWSHIP 2017
The Boston Children's Chorus teaches more than 300 singers. LET THE RIVER RUN interweaves rehearsal moments of the very youngest, taught by Emily Howe and John Martha-Reynolds, with scenes of the most advanced choirs, taught by Dr Anthony Trecek-King.
PHOTOS OF THE CONDUCTORS
Throughout these rehearsals, young singers Avery, Isabella, and Tyler, explain the science and art of singing in a choir. They start with the basics: rhythm, pitch, dynamics and then move on to more complicated stuff: neural pathways and proper shoe wear.
PHOTOS OF THE YOUNG SINGERS
Several years ago I approached the Boston Children's Chorus with no story or agenda in mind except to film what it's like to sing in a choir, from both the children's and the conductors' perspectives.
2 years, 36 rehearsals, 6 performances and 1 European Tour later - I had collected a series of precious golden moments, but ultimately no grand narrative emerged, at least that could sustain a feature length film.
PHOTOS OF THE PREMIER CHOIR
But, by then I did have footage of 3 expert teachers who could explain the mysteries of choir singing: Ten year olds, Tyler, Avery and Isabella. I discovered them, or rather the "camera" did on the first day of shooting. (This is a mysterious process: even though I am the one filming I am unaware of what the "camera" sees until I review the footage later.)
As many have noted before, the emotional power of singing in a group defies words. LET THE RIVER RUN has lots of words in it but, at its heart, it celebrates the Boston Children's Chorus, having found a way for so many young singers to experience the joy of singing together in a group.
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