Last night, July 9th, more than 50 of the members and leadership of the ACS gathered at St. Paul's for a read-through of upcoming repertoire. What a kick! We read through some of the Puccini Messa di gloria and other selections that we will be performing in October. Then, we got a quick look at some of our December repertoire. It went really well and the sight-reading left a very favorable impression.
But it wasn't a rehearsal. This was an opportunity to meet during the summer, refresh friendships, share some camaraderie, and get some information delivered to the rank and file.
Barbara and I brought Bosco, who serves as an unofficial ambassador and ACS mascot - and who is also a passable tenor, and he took up his position between the sopranos and altos, thereby not taking a chance on offending anyone who might be a prospective petter. Everybody was in a jolly mood and I think had a good time. I say "think" because I was serving as a poor substitute for our regular accompanist, attempting to lead the rehearsal and have an occasional helpful remark, and reading my head off, so any of my impressions were bound to be skewed. Nonetheless, I heard enough to know that our membership can really sing this material - given pressure and time to quote a movie (guess which one.)
Anyway, from time to time, I intend to use this forum to deliver some pertinent information about our music-making, perhaps to offer helpful commentary and advice, and share on the personal side.
We'll see how that goes.