April 8, 2014: Rehearsal transformations
Our artistic director, David Cherwien, writes a note to the choir the Thursday after every Tuesday rehearsal. We are preparing the program for our May 4, 2014 concert at St Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi MN which will include the premiere of a commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth, William Mathias' Anthem: "Let the people praise thee, O God," Charles Villiers Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Frank Martin's Mass, and Benjamin Britten's (seen on the left) Te Deum. Organist Aaron David Miller will be the featured guest artist on the program. For more information about the concert, click here.
I'm amazed at the transformation that happens with each rehearsal. It seems like every piece we work on starts in one place, and ends our rehearsing in quite another place. It also seems like home preparation has indeed been going on which has really allowed us to spend most of our time shaping music as ensemble. And as we return to a previous week's shaping, it's still been there. Fantastic!! This is evidence to how amazing you are as musicians. For those who miss a rehearsal in this stretch you are at a major disadvantage. There are still spots, of course, which would be tremendously helped by working on this stuff at home: Great or Small by Zachary Wadsworth and, of course, the Martin Mass.