By all accounts, January 2020 treated Robert Simpson well.
The Houston Chamber Choir, which he founded, celebrated its 25th anniversary. In January, the choir’s recording “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works” won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. A few weeks later, the Houston Chamber Choir collaborated with the Treble Choir of Houston for two performances of “Circlesong” by British composer Bob Chilcott. The performances, and a subsequent recording of the piece, afforded Simpson, the choir’s artistic director, the rare opportunity to work with Marianna Parnas-Simpson, his wife of 25 years. Parnas-Simpson founded the Treble Choir in 2006.