April 4 (Monday): Combined Choruses Rehearsal - 7-8:30pm @FSC M208
April 11 (Monday): Choral Society at FSC 7-9pm (IF NECESSARY - Larry will announce at the April 4th rehearsal)
April 12 (Tuesday): Full rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30-9:30pm @ Youkey
April 18 (Monday): Dress rehearsal with orchestra - 7:30pm @ Youkey
April 19 (Tuesday): Concert in Youkey 7:30pm
Thanks to all of you for a wonderful and memorable concert on Sunday! I assure you that this was a highlight for me, as well as a showcase for your fine talent as singers. There have been excellent reviews from members of the audience, as we always hope there will be.
A few “housekeeping” items are important here:
When I have sung my songs to you I’ll sing no more, T’would be a sacrilege to sing at another door. We’ve worked so hard to hold our dreams just you and I. I could not share them all again I’d rather die with just the thought that I had loved so well so true. That I could never sing again, that I could never never sing again except to you!
Beethoven Markings (In Case You Can't Open attached files)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
Choral Markings to Enter into Score
Page Measure #s Rehearsal Letter Other markings
(by system, in descending order) (if on this page) (if provided)
(to bottom of page)
3 216/222/227/232 In 4
4 237/242/247/257 In 2
5 257/261 D, m257
6 265/270 Solos!!
8 284/289 E, m285 Chorus enters forte, letter E
9 294/298 F, m297 Solos!
11 309.312 G, m313 Chorus enters, m313
13 321/326 Mark ¼ rests between ½ notes; mm29-30 in 4 with rit.
14 331/340/347/354/361/368 H, m359 In 2
15 375/381/387/393 I, m391 Solo!
16 399/405/411 TB enter, m411 (add A2)
18 426/432/439/446/453 K, m431
20 493/499/505/511/517/525/534 L, m493 Slight slowing, m529
21 543/549 M, m543 Chorus enters. Some S sing A
22 555/561 m.566, insert ⅛-rest between notes
24 578/583 m582, insert ⅛-rest between notes
25 589/595 Slow, in 3, at m595; ¼ rests between staccato halfs.
26 604/608 ¼ rests after “Kuss,” m. 609
27 612/620 N, m612 ¼ rests on staccato “wohnen,” m619, & m23, after “zelt”
28 624/628 m632, hairpin dynamics; ¼ rests on staccatos
29 635/643 m635, ¼ rests on staccatos; mark abrupt dynamics!
30 651/653 m651,suddenly soft! Mm653,654, ¼ rests after “muss”
31 656/660 marcato. S2 on A; m660, ¼ rest after 2nd note in A
32 664/668 m664, A2 sing T; T2 sing B; end of m668, ¼ rest in A & T
33 672/676 O, m673 m671, A2 sing T for 4 meas.; m676, ¼ rest after 2nd note in B
34 680/684 S2 sing A; m684, ¼ rest in S after 2nd note
35 683/692 P, m695 S2 continue A; m692, ¼ rest in S after 1st note
36 696/700 m698, ¼ rest in A after 2nd note
37 704/708 Q, m711 m706, S2 may sing S till m716
38 712/716 m714, ¼ rest in A & T after 2nd note; m719, A & B circle rhythm
39 720/724 Sopranos trade off during high notes; S2 on A; A2 on T
40 728/732 R, m732 m732 slightly slower; m736, A2 on T for 4 meas.
41 738/744 Cresc. thru page; m747, lift after 1st note
42 751/758 m755, ¼ rest after 1st note; m759, ¼ rest after 2nd note
43 765/770 Solos!
46 795 S, m795 Chorus enters, piano, but with rapid cresc.
47 799 Chorus part goes to top at page turn!
48 804/809 Sudden change to 4 beats (slow) at m812
49 813/818 m816, sudden change to fast in 2-beats per
50 824/829 Syncopated entrance, m829; m833 slower
51 834 In 4
52 838/841 Solos
53 845/853 Fast, in 2
54 860/866 S2 sing A
55 871/876 Sopranos trade off during high notes
56 882/888 T, m889 m889, lift after 1st note
57 894/900 S2 on A
58 906/912 “
59 918/921 In 6; suddenly fast in 2 at m920
Before the big weekend, a few brief notes:
1. The attached PDF provides the complete program order, almost exactly as we had used on Monday. This will help you arrange your music folder before Saturday. [Black folders, please. Inexpensive ring binder or term-paper folder can work, as long as you're comfortable with how it feels.]
2. Dress for Sunday reminder: men, black tuxes, black bow tie; women: long black dresses with long sleeves or separates that create that general effect. Ergo, black pants can work. Three-quarter sleeves can work. Simple jewelry ok, but no sparkles. And, of course, no perfumes/colognes for anybody!
3. Saturday rehearsal downbeat is 10 a.m., so please arrive c. 9:45 to get arranged and to avoid confusions. If a few folks can be present in the sanctuary at 9:30 for any remaining set-up, that will be helpful. We will need to strike the rehearsal setup at the end of practice.
4. Sunday call-time is 2 p.m.
5. Please look (even if briefly) at every one of the pieces in your folder. Take a moment to set the likely tempo in your mind, to get the sound playing in your memory, to remind yourself of the things you have to do to sing it at your best level. Try doing this in the order we'll sing them, so you'll get a sense of the program flow. If you have only 30 seconds per piece to devote to your review, that's still helpful.
6. And, of course, look at your"problem" notes, if you still have them. There is no available time on Saturday to correct these, so we have to trust that each singer has done the homework.
Thanks for being a fine ensemble. I look forward to seeing and hearing you soon!!
It’s that exhilarating and nervous time: Only one more Monday rehearsal remains before the March 20 concert! We know so much of the music well, but will everything be ready to put together? We can sing all (well, mostly all) of our pieces effectively now – but sometimes it takes the third time through to accomplish that. Last Monday’s session reminded us dramatically that pieces that we’ve not reviewed in a few weeks can become very stale. There are real challenges in learning a full program without losing the things we’ve learned in early weeks. You’re a fine ensemble and I know you’ll do well. But please keep in mind the following:
- On Monday, we managed to do a complete run-through of our music, until the final pieces. These were the spirituals, and they’ll need particular attention next rehearsal. Please look at the Moses Hogan especially. Listen to one of the YouTube versions and emulate the accuracy/clarity/expression you hear. There are tough rhythms there and we need to make them right.
- We’re still stuck with noses in music. There’s no excuse for that. None. No singer can do the job if eyes are down. It’s a posture thing; it’s a communication thing; it’s an energy thing. Thanks to the many who are doing well here.
- The pieces we’ve had for a shorter time are less internalized. We’ve simply not lived with them long enough to “own” them and feel natural as we sing. You can speed that process by looking at them before Monday, by singing though your part, by listening to other performances. Last rehearsal taught us that many folks haven’t been reviewing the pieces we thought we knew – and we had to relearn. Are you comfortable enough with each piece to make it come alive? Can you make the “pop” music POP?
- Men: You sounded very good on the “Ave Maria,” but there isn’t much time to polish. We’ll sing it for the women on Monday, but we definitely need a “woodshedding” by ourselves. We’ll possibly fit it in at the end of rehearsal, so please be able to stay 15 minutes at the end.
- And, please mark your calendar for the LCS “dress” rehearsal on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. – noon at All Saints.
I look forward to a wonderful Monday rehearsal. Sell tickets!