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Thu, Jun. 2nd, 2005 12:25 am
Lux Aeterna

Tonight (or, technically, last night), I went to another of fedupgirl's concerts. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to, but I managed to pull a favor in order to get a ride into town. This time it was a little different in terms of the selections and the texture of said pieces. The concert itself was actually a Master's Conducting recital. Personally, the guy conducting (one Travis Powers) did a really good job. His technique was interesting and it goes a little against what I was taught, but I'm not going to argue with him if it works and, besides, he's getting his Master's and I'm still working on my Bachelor's. I'm in no position to be stubborn about my opinions.

On to the music itself... The selections were a little closer to standard choral repertoire. The first three pieces, which made up the first half, were very good and I enjoyed them greatly. The second half was Morton Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna (part of the Requiem Mass). This piece made use of the fantastic organ in the cathedral (oh, sorry for not mentioning it, but it took place in St. Mary's Cathedral, like the concert the night before).

I really enjoyed the arrangement of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Mack Wilburg. I thought it was really well done (once again made use of the organ, though it was the smaller one). The tenor on I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart, by Moses Hogan, was incredible. The song itself was pretty cool, too.

Overall, my main thought throughout the concert was, "Damn! I wish I had that bass section!" I'll be honest that I was envious of PSU's men's section. It's much stronger than Warner's, both by number and by sound. Our bass section is really talented and good musicians, but we have to struggle to get our part heard some times, since there's so few of us, and we can't always afford to back down if we need to rest our voices, so we're always working at 110%, which can lead to a big crash at the end (nice run-on sentence).

As a final note, before the concert started, this thought came to my head, which I promptly wrote down:

"For those seeking power, look into the eyes of one who has love. It makes the strong crumble and the weak resilient. It has destroyed kings and raised up nations. There is nothing greater."

Current Mood: envious envious
Current Music: "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" -Mack Wilburg


Thu, Jun. 2nd, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)

I am so glad that you came tonight! We had a great time performing those peices... much fun! I was also thinking that you may want to know that auditions for the chamber choir here are next week. You could always take just one choral class here if you wanted, without transfering. Its really nice to be able to sing in such a large ensemble. Also, consider trying out for the oregon symphonic choir. They aren't so super selective I have heard, and you get to sing big bombestic pieces with a very powerful bass section. Or alternatively, audition to sing in one of portland's larger church choirs. They can be REALLY fantastic, and they pay! Yay for money for singing in a choir! /peer pressure

I am super glad that you came though. Having people come to hear us makes it really worthwile. And Uchoir doesn't sound that good most of the time, so I am glad that you heard us on a good night!

Kenneth Edward Keyn
Thu, Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)

Chamber Choir does sound fun and I am allowed to take one outside class each semester, but, if it's during the school year, I'll most likely have major time conflicts (and I'm obligated to have Warner as priority).

As for the Oregon Symphonic Choir, don't you have to pay to be in that group? I might be wrong, but that's what I heard. The church choir idea sounds pretty good (and money is always a nice incentive). I'll have to look into that.

I really did enjoy myself last night and I'm glad I got to hear you guys perform. Plus, it's always nice to see old friends again... not to say that you're old, but just... nevermind. :P

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