Happily, the Great Music for Great Cathedrals dress rehearsal for the dress rehearsal seemed to go quite smoothly. I managed not to go astray, or attract attention in any way whatever – egregious or otherwise – and this is one of my primary goals at these events. Tempers flared several times, but not mine, and never in my direction. In fact, I was unaware of these little contretemps, and only heard about them later. This is a good thing, because I am wimpy, get inwardly tense even being in the presence of other folks’ angry outbursts.
The music was wonderful, of course. We always perform one Baroque piece in which the choir is divided up into four little choirs stationed around the Cathedral. As you can imagine, this is a bit unnerving, since the four choirs have to stay together, but one can’t even see the others, let alone hear them. I always fear lest the music will fall apart, but it never does. This year the multi-choir number is by Heindrich Schutz. It is longish, and had seemed a tad on the boring side when we practiced it, but it was exquisitely beautiful when fully fitted out with the brass band, and sung in the wonderful acoustics of St. James.
These photos were taken surreptitiously during the rehearsal, and do not at all give you an idea of the beauty and wonder of it all.
The actual performances will be on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13. This is a musical event well worth your time (and money, of course.) Tickets and more information are available here.
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