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Archive for the ‘Reno County Choral’ Category

Messiah Wrap-Up

Posted by thesinger on March 17, 2008

Neal is actually “almost/kindof” fun to sing under during concert. I think it forces him to become someone other than himself and adopt a “Mr. Nice Guy” attitude. Oh, and he gets himself totally into the music. That part is wonderful.

The soloists and the orchestra (minus a trumpeter) did very well. One of my favorite parts of this year’s performance was watching world class musicians, the first violinist, cellist, soloists, and Neal, work together to create a musical/spiritual experience that was MUCH greater than the sum of their parts.

Neal got ticked off several times during the performance. Sometimes the chorus did bad things, then he glared at us. At other times, a particular voice part would have really bad tone, then he would glare at them. Once he glared at a soprano for coming in a half-beat early. (Yeah, everyone heard that goof. 🙂 ) Occasionally he would make wild gesticulation that that was supposed to mean that we were to sing louder. If we did, he smiled at the “stars”. If we didn’t, he would look at his music and GLARE!!!! Moral of the story: Neal is an intense conductor during concert.

End of wrap-up.

Posted in Music, Reno County Choral | 5 Comments »

Messiah Is This Afternoon

Posted by thesinger on March 16, 2008

We are singing all but nine of the fifty-three pieces, which as David Ross said is incredible for a town of the size of Hutchinson to pull off. We have a full orchestra, and some totally rockin’ soloists. Their names are Nancy Kerr, Soprano; Robin ___?, Alto; Bryan Stranghoner, Tenor; and Glenn Litke, Bass. If the names don’t mean anything to you, that’s fine. Just take my word for it that it’ll be worth hearing them.

The chorus has struggled a bit more this year than average. Neal did pull in several high-quality sopranos to help the chorus. It makes a marked difference when each voice part has a strong leader.

So, join us this afternoon at three o’clock at Stringer Fine Arts Center on Hutchinson Community College campus for a wonderful performance of Messiah, by Handel.

thesinger

Posted in Music, Reno County Choral | 2 Comments »

Concordia Choir is coming to town!!!!

Posted by thesinger on March 3, 2008

Well, the nearby town of Wichita, KS, that is. Oh, and a good friend called me up with lots of juicy tidbits about the program. (He had attended a concert on this same tour somewhere in the “east.”) Oh, I am getting SO pumped!!!! And oh, so, JUMPY!!!! wow, I might not be able to get as much school done tomorrow as would be good just because I’m so, entirely, well, so entirely taken up with this idea. And, oh, SO EXCITED!

In other news, Messiah drags on. Neal continues to abuse the sopranos and they continue to give him only a small portion of their abilities. I am completely confident that there is a correlation between those two facts.

Chorus is moving along at a nice easy pace. Shane is doing well, even if directing isn’t his first love. Note accuracy will come much faster for the tenors this year because they are far more confident than last year. My goal for the tenors is to lead them to sing with precision and agility. They are progressing well.

As of yet, I enjoy the process of writing much more than “speechifying”. I am a lover of precision in my studies and feel that my meager abilities as a speech-maker don’t lend themselves well to precision. For myself, speechifying feels as though a farmer were attempting brain surgery on some poor victim, ending with a bloody mess of “brain” on the floor; a painful metaphor, I know, but very illustrative. Not enough precision, not enough precision. . .

Um. um. what should I say next? Oh, that was close. I’m actually not standing in front of people wondering what to say. . . It’s as though, um, I have stress with um, placing my thoughts, um, in a logical, well, how would you say it? Order? And then, um, really wondering just, like, how it’s going to, um, come out. . . Yes, I’m, um, in speech class right now. And um, I really think I should quit using um, “um”, quite so um, much. I, like, um, really struggle with filler words, like, um, well, like, um.

thesinger

Posted in Concerts, Friends, Just because I can, Music, Reno County Choral, Speech, Stress | 2 Comments »

Make like a lover and “KISS THE WALL!!!!”

Posted by thesinger on January 14, 2008

It was pretty bad this evening at our first Messiah rehearsal. Neal told story after story after story after story after story after story (repeat ad nauseum). . . Then he would “very patiently” explain just exactly what we had done wrong. Then we would hear about his new weight loss program, or the way his son doesn’t know how to service a car, or how he’s dropping Mountain Dew from his diet. Then perhaps we would run a section of music. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. Peat and Repeat went up the hill. Peat fell down and who was left? Repeat. Correct. . .

And then you’re done with rehearsal and you didn’t get nearly as far as you think you could have.

Oh, you’re probably wondering what the kiss the wall part has to do with it. Well, it has to do with the shape of your lips as you sing. You are supposed to project your sound with pursed lips and attempt to “kiss the opposite wall with your lips.” This is especially true for basses, but also true for everybody. . . Is that lame or what?

thesinger

Posted in Love and Romance, Music, News, Reno County Choral | 12 Comments »

Two down, two to go.

Posted by thesinger on December 1, 2007

After one Nine Lessons concert, and one AS concert, my voice is in good, but tired, condition. This is a praise item, because rest can make all the difference for a tired voice. Therefore, Laters!!

thesinger

Posted in Anonymous Somebodies, Concerts, Reno County Choral, Tired | 1 Comment »

Concerts

Posted by thesinger on November 29, 2007

Yup, thesinger is gearing up to help perform 4 concerts in the next week. Two of them will be the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and two of them will be with the Anonymous Somebodies. I am excited, yet the thought tires me. “With enough faith I can do anything” was and will be my motto for the next week. I need God’s strength and good health to be able to survive and enjoy the pressures of 4 concerts. 🙂

On the bright side of things, the Nine Lessons concert will be tops in terms of tone, sheer volume, and sound quality. It is a concert that you will not want to miss if possible. (Hutchinson, KS at the intersection of Poplar and Fifth. 8:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 29; 3:00 PM on Sunday, Dec. 2.)

The Anonymous Somebodies Concert that will be open to the public will be on Wed., Dec. 5 at Center Amish Church at 7:45 PM. Pray that it will be an energizing and worshipful experience. One big fear I have as a public performer/worship leader is that I will fail to communicate the message of Jesus. What tends to happen to me is that I am so concerned about perfection in music that “I” tend to be the message that is communicated. Pray that God would work in our hearts so that we would only be vessels, and not pretend to be the goodies inside the vessel.

thesinger

Posted in Anonymous Somebodies, Busy, Concerts, Good times, Life, Me, Reno County Choral, uber | 5 Comments »

Reno County Choral

Posted by thesinger on November 12, 2007

I just got home from a RCS Nine Lessons and Carols rehearsal which went better than it ever has before. One could comment here that it might be the fault of our “incredible” (at least in his own eyes) director that we have been progressing so slowly. I don’t know.

We actually had some good choral sound happening, at least part of the evening. We actually got 92.6% of our music (for a change), and we had fun perhaps 12% of the evening (which is a considerable amount more than average 😦 ). So, yes, it is going to come together. Yes, it will be sortof fun to perform, and yes, all of my readers should come listen to the concert.

Should I say any more derogatory remarks about our conductor? No, let’s end on a positive note by saying that his gestures are very controlled, sophisticated, and easy to follow. While I may not appreciate some other things about him, I do appreciate his gestures.

thesinger

Posted in Concerts, Music, Reno County Choral | 5 Comments »