Back in August, Greg Howlett performed at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. I attended the concert and wrote a review about it. Now the new year is here, and the final products are available. “Looking Up” can be purchased as a CD, DVD, or CD/DVD combo pack. I had a few critiques about what I saw and heard first-hand, but many of my complaints could be made null and void through the process of post-production. Greg sent me a copy of the DVD last week, so I’ve had a chance to watch it and compare my live experience with the version that most audiences will see. If you’re interested in purchasing the music or video from the concert, you’ll want to read my “insider’s” perspective first. (more…)
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Tags: cd, concert, dvd, greg, howlett, looking up, performance, piano, reviews
Tags: a cappella, christmas, concert, men's, quartet
It’s September which means by now most churches are planning and working on whatever they plan to do for Christmas. My home church is planning another Christmas concert like we did last year. So far, the only solid idea I’ve had is for a men’s a capella group to do a song or two. I was thinking of doing it in either a “barbershop” style or something more classical like The King’s Singers. Then I think I found something great. (more…)
Tags: choral, concert, god of heaven, greg, howlett, performance, photos, piano, podcast, reviews
Last Friday night I travelled with my family and two friends to Atlanta to attend Greg Howlett’s concert/recording session at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. It’s not surprising to meet people who have never heard of Greg, but it is surprising for people not to appreciate his music after they’ve heard it. For someone to doubt his prowess after watching a concert like I saw would be inconceivable. Greg and his team of around 200 put together a live experience matched only in the highest circles of music performers. The audio-visual event was fantastic without being overkill. Of course, anything live is not without flaw, and surprising your audience can often backfire. First I’ll talk about the technical aspects of the concert: video, lighting, and audio. The second half will include opinions on the quality and originality of the music. In closing, I’ll share some personal thoughts on the experience as a whole.
Tags: concert, greg, howlett, pictures
Greg Howlett’s concert last night was amazing. There were a lot of things that I expected, but there were several unexpected things. I’ll have a full recap next week as well as a podcast with Greg but for now, here are just a few of the phone pics I shot last night. I have some much better ones to share later from my DSLR. (more…)
Tags: atlanta, concert, greg, howlett, live, performance
Tomorrow morning my family, two friends from church, and I are heading down to Atlanta to be a part of Greg Howlett’s concert. If you aren’t familiar with Greg, check out his website at greghowlett.com. He has fantastic resources for church pianists. He is recording the concert for distribution as a live CD/DVD.
Tags: choral, christmas, concert, ORBC, performance, piano, trumpet
This Sunday is our annual Christmas concert at my church. We are doing things a bit differently this year. Instead of the usual choir cantata with narration or drama, we have put together a number of musicians in our church to perform a variety of Christmas favorites secular and sacred. It is set to be a really fun night complete with prelude and postlude music provided by a dulcimer group. (more…)