Great rehearsal Thursday! Things are coming along and it’s going to be an awesome concert! Did you hear what President Monson said yesterday afternoon? I don’t remember his exact words but he thanked those with musical abilities for sharing them. Music brings the Spirit, uplifts the soul and communicates things that words often cannot. Anyways, I was really hoping you all heard that! You are soooooo appreciated!!!
This week’s schedule follows the past 2 rehearsal schedules so I’m going to post specific things you need to work on BEFORE Thursday.
1. Easter Party – We’re having a party this week after rehearsal! Altos, please don’t forget your treats!
2. Make Up Rehearsal on April 23rd for those who have missed 2 rehearsals.
3. Concert Publicity: Start getting the word out about the concerts (e-mail, join FaceBook, etc.)! Remember, this is the first time we’ll be performing at the Minneapolis Stake Center so we’ll need to build up our audience.
1. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree: Slight lean on important words/ syllables. Dynamic contrast between verses 3 & 4. What do these verses mean to you?
2. The Pasture: KNOW your part in mm. 31-35. Practice singing the piece legato with a slight emphasis on first syllable or important words. Baritones MUST have the following measures PERFECT: mm. 15-17, mm. 31-35. (Remember, you’re talking to your toddler son who really wants to go with you but is too young and falls asleep as you comfort him).
3. Johnny Schmoker: Memorize! Be able to sing backwards and forwards since you really have to in this piece!
4. Praise to the Lord: KNOW all notes from mm. 115 to end.
5. Over the Rainbow: KNOW your note where you come in at m. 11. Measures 22 and 24 need to be much more legato (phrasing needs to be like a real rainbow!). Measure 43-48 also need to be more legato – b/c of the way they are written, there is a tendency to sing them choppy but WE SHALL OVERCOME! 🙂 Watch notes/dynamics at mm. 49-50.
6. Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit: Stay excited! Keep your energy focused and don’t let the tempo or pitch sag. Sopranos: your ‘E’ on “Pray” at the end of the piece needs some more energy! Sadly, the pitch Sagged causing the Spirit to Scurry! 🙂
7. Sing Creations Music On: Work on the timing (myself included!).
8. Loch Lomond: Work on your Scottish accent. I heard a rumor that the men are not sounding very Scottish. Hmmmm….do we need to make you wear plaid skirts, men? Anyone interested in the solo?
9. Liebeslieder Walzer: Emphasis on the first beat to keep the waltz feeling and emphasize the first syllable of words – cross out the second syllable if that helps. Be ready to sing through all of the LW’s!!!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to some changes in guest performers, we are having to change the program around a bit. A new concert order will be posted shortly. We will not be singing “Promise of Living” or “Come to my Garden” but I do promise they’ll be on a future program.