Saturday, April 12, 2008
A lot has happened in production of the Verdi Requiem since my last post. This past Wednesday night, we held a massive rehearsal with every performer that will be going to Lincoln Center. The only person we were missing was the soprano soloists, Sharon Sweet, who wil be joining us for our saturday rehearsal.
The stage set-up was breathtaking. Ford Hall Stage was extended to fit all of the singers on risers and the entire orchestra in front. I was sitting in the back row of brass players directly in front of the tenor section. This was such an experience, especially when we began with the powerful "Dies Irae." I was really impressed with the Choral Union and their accuracy and expressiveness with such a difficult piece.
During the orchestra's break, I got a chance to listen to the Chorus rehearse an a cappella section in the Dies Irae. I took a short video so you could get a preview of what's to come!
Through all the excitement, there is still much to be done before our performance here in Ithaca on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Ford Hall. Hope to see you there!!
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