First, and most important: Rehearsal this coming Monday (March 29) will be at All Saints’ Episcopal Church!! We had announced that we had been bumped from our regular FSC room because of other events, but hadn’t been able to provide the new location. For those who aren’t familiar with the area, enter from the rear of the church (209 S. Iowa Ave.) where directions to the choir room will be posted. There should be ample parking in either the City Hall lot or the large parking garage on Iowa.
Second, there are only three remaining Monday rehearsals before the March 20 concert! We’re in wonderful shape on much of the more difficult music but now must concentrate on these central tasks:
- Learn the notes for (and become comfortable with) the lighter pieces in our packet. These are fun and not difficult, but shouldn’t be taken for granted.
- Straighten out those remaining spots where troublesome pitches/rhythms are still unconquered. (Yes, you know where many of them are.)
- Make each of the pieces come alive as expressive musical works that work start-to-finish, that say what they need to, that connect with our listeners. This task involves every part of our singer’s skill set: erasing dependency on the printed page, observing the dynamics, making clear and rhythmically precise consonants, energizing every moment of every note, producing lovely and resonant sounds……
Third, please mark your calendar for the LCS “dress” rehearsal on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.
And, in anticipation of other great things: We got together for the first time with Beethoven and many other good folks on Monday evening. There was little question that we were becoming part of an exciting and important grand enterprise, and there was a good feeling about what we sang and heard. [No, we won’t have any other occasions to walk as far as was required that night!] Thanks for being such a strong part of that session. The students I spoke to were very pleased to be singing alongside you.
Please pass the word to singers who might not remember about the location change for Monday. Thanks for your excellent work on a such a variety of music. Our upcoming concert promises to be a successful and rewarding event – and I hope you’re excited. Sell tickets!