I love a whole range of choral music…
February 18, 2011I love a whole range of choral music from the 15th century on, and thrive on the variety of our repertoire. I particularly wanted to sing large choral works, something I had scarcely done in more than 40 years.
I take singing lessons and participate in student recitals. I get great satisfaction if I can make a piece my own, while being faithful to the composer’s intentions. I had never sung in a choral group of the quality of the Mendelssohn Club; indeed I had never had a serious audition since college glee club some 45 years earlier. I had seen Mendelssohn Club performances regularly since I met Roberta (Rote) in 2003, and marveled at the group’s sound. With gentle encouragement I successfully auditioned in January 2005; we married in May of that year. It’s been a demanding but rewarding experience–(singing in the Mendelssohn Club, that is, not the marriage. The marriage has been rewarding without being demanding.) I unfortunately had to drop out of rehearsals and this concert, because of illness. I did attend a couple of rehearsals of the Durufle and was looking forward to performing it. I had sung some chants years ago, and loved it a lot.
I wish I had been able to experience more of Rollo Dilworth. I was there for the first rehearsal he attended, and marveled how he was shaping sounds and lines. I fully intend to be an engaged member of the audience.