Dear LCS singers,
Many, many congratulations on your splendid performance Sunday!! It was the sort of success that we'd hoped for: Great sound, wonderful audience response, much fun.... I'm certain that we made a strong and positive impression on an audience that had never before been aware of the fine work you do. I've heard excellent feedback about the event and I hope you have also.
I believe that we'll have access to both audio and video recordings of the concert soon, but in the meantime here are two smashing excerpts that are now posted in YouTube. [I also believe that Joan Fitzgerald has posted some to our LCS FaceBook page.] I first listened to the Battle Hymn with my tablet and earbuds and thought it was exciting. Wow!
Battle Hymn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfrRRPNeiuM
God Bless America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKTVg9fHOW0
[ The videos can also be found in the Photos drop-down under the Concerts tab]
Also thanks for your commitment to our Monday rehearsal (after a long Sunday and rotten weather on Monday). We were all a little tired but we accomplished much. The practice probably reminded ourselves how easily things can get rusty when we're concentrating on Richard Rodgers for a couple of weeks. Please note that only three rehearsals remain before our Dec. concert. We're in excellent shape on most of the notes, so we'll try to zero in on the places where trouble still remains. We examined the Burt Carols on Monday and it appears that the "Star Carol" is the best choice to add to our list. It's a truly lovely piece, but also trickier than it looks. Please check intervals before Monday.
To do list:
Notes in two new pieces: Rutter, Joy to the World; Burt, Star Carol
Thanks for being a fine chorus!
Rehearsal Location Change for November 17, 2014
Because of space conflicts Monday night at FSC, the Choral Society's rehearsal is moved to College Heights UMC, 942 South Boulevard, four blocks west of Branscomb Auditorium at the corner of Finney Street and South Boulevard.
Now that I have more particulars about the Sunday logistics, we need some help! [I met with the Youkey rep. on Thursday.] Your assistance in getting word to a "few good" helpers is appreciated:
1. At c. 12: 35, chairs need to be set up on risers before LCS singers officially take their places on stage. About 8-10 reasonably strong and efficient helpers/stage crew needed!
2. Program order for the LCS pieces:
-- Battle Hymn
-- God Bless America
-- Richard Rodgers
-- Armed Forces Medley
-- America the B. ["From Sea to Shining Sea"]
-- Stars and Stripes
3. Yes, there is a Monday rehearsal.
4. Dress rehearsal for the Dec. concert is now set for 10:00 a.m. - noon, Sat., Dec. 13, at College Hts. UMC.
Many thanks for making great things happen!
I suggest contacting your section leader if you can help with the chairs --- Craig
As we prepare for this Sunday's performance, these few notes:
1. Attire reminder: Formal black [tuxes/black tie for men; long-sleeve tops and long dresses for women (but dressy black pants can also be appropriate)] Simple jewelry OK.
2. No fragrances please!! It's not good to forget for rehearsals - but terrible for performances!!
3. Black folders
4. Call-time is 1:00 p.m. on stage. This 15 minute window is the only chance we have to do a sound check! Yes, we fully realize that you may be coming from a distance and/or have church schedules...... So, we'll accept you when you manage to make it. But we hope to have most of us there. [If you need to change at the Lakeland Center after warmups, we'll have ample changing areas.]
5. Program stuffing is happening at the Sledge household, 727 Woodward St., Lakeland, at 10:30 Saturday morning. [PH: 687-1704] Woodward is one block S of Edgewood. House is two-story mostly brick, 1/2 block W of Cleveland Hts. Blvd. Thanks to the volunteers who have offered!
See you Sunday. It's going to be great!
1. Congratulations on your fine rehearsal this week. You found the Lake Mirror Center in time, it went well, we learned a lot, and it was fun. I do hope you took note of things that needed fixing. You sounded great, but primary things to keep in mind for Monday: Energized sound, heads up, words.
2. Remember this Monday's rehearsal is in the Youkey Theatre, at the Lakeland Center, 7:00 p.m.! Again, please do your best to be a little early, so we can start work immediately. Plan to enter the building via the stage door. You should be able to park in the north lot nearest the main entrance.
See you soon!
Just two items for your attention, please:
1. Important!! This Monday's rehearsal is at the Lake Mirror Center, downtown Lakeland. This is next to the Texas Cattle Company restaurant (where sometimes the parking lot serves their clientele for overflow parking on weekends). There are two main buildings: One is the theatre where the Community Theatre presents their plays; the other is the auditorium/convention room. We'll rehearse with the band in the auditorium. We'll start promptly at 7:00 p.m., so try to arrive early so we can have seating organized. It's probable that we'll finish our part of the rehearsal and dismiss early. [GPS: 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland. This is not the same place as the Lakeland Center, where we'll be a week later.]
2. Please print off a copy of the following lyrics, for "The Stars and Stripes Forever." We'll join in with the band during the final section. [And no, the words are not "Be kind to your kind feathered friends...!"]
We won't sing these, but it's fun to see them:
Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.
We join in here, on the tune you all know:
Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.
See you Monday!