So what do you think of when you hear the word Christmas? Do you think of shopping malls and dime store Santa's? Do you think of the nativity scene from the Holy Land? Do you think of all the concerts celebrating glorious music? Do you think of that little child in the manger? Or do … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Month: December 2013
Nah - still talking about singing - but different than the rich Edmonton Choral scene this time. In addition to singing with Grad Recital Choirs, RES, Cantilon (on occasion) I also sing at my local RC Church. I have done that pretty much all of my life! Presently, I sing in a duet with an … Continue reading And Now For Something Completely Different
Well, hopefully I am better prepared for this rehearsal. I downloaded a number of midi files onto my mac and played with Muse Score so I can listen to the whole piece with all the parts or with just the Bass 1 part or with the Bass 1 part emphasised. I find that this helps … Continue reading Grad Recital Choir Rehearsal 9 (Just before Christmas)
The last one before Christmas. All Bach B Minor Mass all the time!! Looks like this will be a rehearsal where we just get right into the Bach. No fear - he said jokingly! Well, we have until March 9, 2014 to get ready for this challenging work. Len started with notes and welcome. He … Continue reading 16th Rehearsal 2013/2014 RES Season
Actually this will be their third concert of the season - I forgot to include the opening concert in the Winspear from September during Alberta Culture Week. Anyway this is Pro Coro's Christmas Concert and they have special guests Keri Lynn Zwicker - celtic harpist, plus the Edmonton Youth Choir. I am looking forward to … Continue reading Pro Coro’s Second Concert 2013/2014 Season
This year it is a free concert sponsored by the Canadian Forces, Ron Hodgson and Landrex. The show was MC'd by J'Lyn Nye from 630 CHED Radio here in Edmonton. In attendance were His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta Colonel (retired) Donald S Ethell and his wife her Honour Linda Ethell, … Continue reading RCA Band Christmas Concert December 13, 2013
Friday the 13, ominous! Bad weather and the roads were treacherous. However, when I reached the Winspear Centre, albeit almost half an hour late - the atmosphere was warming, the loft was already full so I had to make my way to the main stage where there were around 15 of us in the end. … Continue reading 2013 Christmas Bureau Sing Along
I should be able to make the whole rehearsal as I don't have a voice lesson. Now to see what I missed in the last couple if weeks. My Hungarian is getting very rusty! So I am listening to the youtube versions of the pieces to refresh my memory. Some pretty cool language! Tonight we … Continue reading Grad Recital Choir Rehearsal 8
Tonight will be a rehearsal for the RCA band concert in the Winspear on Friday December 13, 2013. It will be a free concert sponsored by the Canadian Forces, Ron Hodgson and Landrex. We expect to do a couple of pieces ourselves but will mainly do Christmas carols and "the Grinch". If time permits I … Continue reading 15th Rehearsal 2013/2014 RES Season
I was fortunate to once again be able to take part in this event. It is the Christmas showcase of one of Edmonton's best choral programs for youth. Ably led by Heather Johnson and her wonderful team there were almost 200 choristers on the stage. They performed a wonderful array of seasonable choral pieces - … Continue reading Cantilon Choirs Ceremony of Carols December 8, 2013
Well, last nights edition of Handel's Messiah was amazing. The house was a little bigger and there was a buzz in the air. We had a tight first half, which Len later came and told us was a little more sloppy than Friday, but we made up for it in the second half. We outdid … Continue reading After the “Groaning Board”!
I was at a Messiah piano/orchestra rehearsal and not able to attend.
Well, last night was an absolute blast. My son was able to get a rush ticket, he goes to the U of A, for $24 and was on the main floor left terrace - score!!! Excellent seat. Anyway everyone was in tuxedo's and gowns last night, the ESO men in their tails and white bow … Continue reading Handel’s Messiah: Richard Eaton Singers with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Part 2 – December 7, 2013
December 5, 2013 I am at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for the first of two performances of Handel's Messiah - hoping that this will go as smoothly as the dress rehearsal last night did and hoping that we can generate that feeling of wonder, joy and awe that we feel when singing this … Continue reading Handel’s Messiah: Richard Eaton Singers with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Mark Bailey – Conductor December 6, 2013
Tonight we are to hear not only the ESO from start to finish but we finally get to listen to the soloists for this performance. Looking forward to this! I am betting that this will be a straight run through with the emphasis being on the soloist entries, especially when we do the "how beautiful … Continue reading Dress Rehearsal ESO Messiah December 5, 2013