So it's been a while since my last post. We have been working very hard preparing for our concert. We had a terrific all-day rehearsal on the 17th of November. The choir sang very well and demonstrated they know their music. After lunch, we had a clinicial, Dan Salotti, come and work on a requiem he has written. Dan is a choral conductor and composer. The NWCS performed at a memorial at Northwestern Hospital last month for a memorial to commemorate the death of children. Dan mentioned he had written a Requiem for Children -- the lost and forgotten children of the world without a voice. This experience was a first for the chorus -- and Dan. The chorus has never had a clinic with a composer before. And Dan never heard this piece of music performed live. We are a far way from performance, but he certainly gave us a lot to work with as we prepare for our Spring concert.
On Monday, the 26th of November, the Choral Society sang at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The hospital has a lovely auditorium. One of the singers is a music therapist at the hospital and arranged for our performance. The concert was recorded and broadcast in the rooms of the patients in the hospital. We hope it leads to much holiday cheer!
Tuesday night, we had our final rehearsal before our dress this week. I try to not conduct final rehearsals because I want the choir to have total ownership of their performance. By me stepping back, it allows the singers to show their ownership and proficiency.
The Northwest Choral Society performs Handel's MESSIAH on Saturday, December 1, 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division, River Forest, IL. For tickets, please visit www.nwchoralsociety.org