Current Information on Rehearsal and Concert Dates ......
Feb 22 - 7-8:30pm Combined Choruses Rehearsal @Southeastern University
Feb 29 - 7-9 pm LCS rehearsal not at FSC [Location TBA]
Mar 19 (Sat) - 10am - noon LCS dress rehearsal @ All Saints Episcopal
Mar 20 1:45pm LCS call-time, @ All Saints Episcopal
3:00 pm CONCERT, @ All Saints Episcopal
Apr 4 (Monday): Combined Choruses Rehearsal - 7-8:30pm @FSC M208
Apr 12 (Tuesday): Full rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30-9:30pm @ Youkey
Apr 18 (Monday): Dress rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30pm @ Youkey
April 19 (Tuesday): Concert in Youkey 7:30pm
Just a few words of greeting, and hopes that you’re looking forward to the next installment of Monday rehearsals. As I’m sure you agree, these new pieces that we touched on during last week’s rehearsal already promise great experiences.
Additional titles will be added to your packets at next practice, which is certainly exciting. However, our time for study of individual pieces will necessarily become more limited and require us to work efficiently and to retain the accomplishments of each week’s rehearsal. I encourage you to (a) make generous and accurate markings (in pencil) during every rehearsal, and (b) to review the music sometime during each week between Mondays. These weekly Director’s Notes may help you focus on certain areas of concern – but you’ll find others on your own, I’m sure. (Your excellent markings will certainly help here!)
In light of the above, please take time to look at and to listen to the two Finzi pieces. They’re both very exuberant but quite different in other ways. You’re nearly in control of the notes for “My Spirit Sang All Day,” but the “God Is Gone Up” is more challenging (and also we’ve spent less time on it). Please commit to learning your notes for both pieces before Monday night. It will be wonderful to put these together without wood-shedding your parts at rehearsal.
God is Gone Up: (Georgia Boy Choir) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8XP1eGTWzM
God Is Gone Up: (Stanford Univ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84mrFdSJZi0
God Is Gone Up: (Ruach Vocaal Jeugd Ensemble ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rAjBlYxaDc
And, to learn notes:
Soprano 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVr4J6iqXZo
Soprano2 at http://youtu.be/Q1TLjqidsKY?hd=1
Alto1 at http://youtu.be/Z8ug_Iug72U?hd=1
Alto2 at http://youtu.be/42LfJIXIMok?hd=1
Tenor1 at http://youtu.be/RrZ4CciJg6E?hd=1
Tenor2 at http://youtu.be/oKUnYq0SUco?hd=1
Bass1 at http://youtu.be/267836-lmns?hd=1
Bass2 at http://youtu.be/rSO5_3H-9u8?hd=1
SATB at http://youtu.be/gf5hnPFRis0?hd=1
My Spirit Sang All Day: (Chanticleer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-fhmWQLIQ
And this last note: We’re sorry to learn that Sue Mayo has experienced germ difficulties the last few days and has been in the hospital. She hopes to be home by Friday and we wish her much improved health!
Thanks to you all for fine singing. See you again soon.
Happy New Year to you all!! May your coming year be filled with rewarding experiences, good health, and great music.
With those earnest wishes in mind, we look forward to the return of our Monday night rehearsal schedule, beginning this coming week, January 4, at 7:00 p.m. During our December rehearsals, we were looking only at selected pieces from our spring packet, but now we’ll work on them all! The March 20 (3 p.m.at All Sts’) concert is billed as “The Great Singing Variety Show,” with the idea that some of choral music’s most representative genres would make an appearance. (Something for everyone, in other words. In this case, there’s traditional literature, musical theatre, popular, and spirituals.) There will be an additional two or three for our spring concert, but for the most part, here’s the music we have ahead:
Gabriel Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Gerald Finzi God Is Gone Up With a Shout
Gerald Finzi My Spirit Sang All Day
Franz Biebl Ave Maria (men)
Knut Nystedt Cry Out and Shout
Jean Berger The Eyes of All
arr. Moses Hogan My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
arr. Undine Moore Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord
arr. Sevier Precious Lord, Take My Hand
arr. Mark Hayes All the Things You Are
arr. Mark Hayes Ain’t Misbehavin’
arr. Zegree It’s a Most Unusual Day
arr. Zegree More I Cannot Wish You
Z. Randall Stroupe When I Have Sung My Songs to You
And of course:
Beethoven!! Symphony 9
Wow!! Some of these are among the most challenging music we’ve ever done (the Moses Hogan and Undine Moore, for example), but all are rewarding to sing. We’ll have a good time.
During this part of the season, there will a few “wrinkles” in the normal schedule, as we prepare for a Beethoven 9th performance on April 19. You will receive most of the details at Monday’s rehearsal, and we’ll also post them on the website as they become solidified. These changes will be minor (involving a couple of Monday night location changes and also two Tuesday nights when we rehearse with the ISO later in the spring). As we’ve already done (a little), we’ll some modest study of the Beethoven score, to get us up to speed for combined rehearsals with FSC and SEU singers in February and March. But we’ll save the concentrated work on that for later March and April.
And now, a “gift” to you: If you’ve not already seen Eric Whitacre’s TED talk about his virtual choir, you should. I’ve watched it several times – and always finish the experience a little happier. It speaks to each of us as singers, about the joy of singing, about the urge to join our singing energies with those of others – to create something larger and more magical than anything we could do alone. There are other links to the complete pieces, but here is the first installment, which provides the best introduction:
We’ll be joined a few new voices next week, but you may know of other good singers who also should join us. Please pass the word! Thanks for fine singing.