Posts Tagged 'Sure on this Shining Night'

One concert down, one to go

Our encore performance in Baltimore is on Tuesday, at 7. Last night’s concert felt magical for the singers. There’s just nothing like being in the middle of an orchestra or a choir, and feeling like you’re in a tidal pool of music. When everyone breathes at the same time, hits the notes in the right beat — it’s amazing. And, since we sing in a mixed chorus, with basses, sopranos, and tenors next to me, I really got to enjoy the other parts of the music instead of a wall of alto notes. This morning I slept in after the excitement of Saturday’s concert. This afternoon I’ve been baking for the reception, and checking which things need to go to the cleaner’s tomorrow to be ready for Tuesday.

The Lauridsen piece, Sure on this Shining Night, is beautiful, and fits so well into the winter season. It’s interesting to hear different choruses perform it, partly because our chorus is so much smaller. Different direction also changes the nuances, of course. So do different nights — every performance is unique. Tickets are still available, so if you’re in Baltimore, please consider buying a ticket and attending.

Time to spiff up the tuxedo

It’s another concert night, so it’s time to spiff up the tuxedo, make sure I know where the bow tie is, and bake cookies for the reception. Our concert will include: music by Morten Lauridsen, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Caroling, Caroling.* I may choose the Joy of Cooking peanut butter cookie recipe and substitute Nutella. I suppose I should put a warning note on it that it contains hazelnuts, in case someone has a nut allergy. Link to a preview of the concert (practice session) is here.

If you’re out of town, and can’t come to the concert, hopefully the links provided will help make your season a little bit brighter. It’s going to be a lovely concert. Hopefully only rain will be a problem –> no snow this year (fingers crossed).

So, anyone else have the Christmas concert jitters? Or are all of your concerts later in December, so you still have time to prep?

* Music links are to other choruses. The Morten Lauridsen piece is done by Conspirare in Texas. Their version is truly inspirational, and I’ve been listening to it a lot. I might have to get their CD. ‘Twas the Night recording was done by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. Caroling, Caroling was sung by Utah Chamber Artists.


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