February 8, 2016/Rehearsal #6

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February 8, 2016/Rehearsal #6

Dear Vocalise Singers,

ACDA is coming up quickly (you can check out the website for the conference here)! Your focused and detailed work in rehearsals continue to make pieces sparkle and shine with musicality, expressiveness, and beauty.

Announcements:

 

  • There is no rehearsal next week! This does not mean there is no practicing next week! Please continue to refresh all of this music whatever you are doing in the week off. A complete list of ACDA repertoire is below.
  • Our next rehearsal is Sunday, February 21 from 4:30 to 7:30! You must be there!
  • We have regular rehearsal on Monday, February 22nd!
  • Please continue to practice as Elena assigned:

 

“moment of stillness –alignment — breath — movement — meditation”

three times per week, 15 min or more each time

    • Light, energetic, flexible body — ready to live, connect, sing
    • Calm, clear, open mind
    • Curious, playful, welcoming spirit
  • As you continue to review the ACDA music at home, please remember a few general notes:
    • Find a way to connect to your source for each piece
    • You can facilitate this by really thinking about the texts you are singing
    • Review the little details we work on in rehearsal to reinforce them in your memory and body at home.

REMINDER: You MUST practice this week and next before our rehearsal on 2/21. Review notes, rhythms, texts, choreography, movement, meaning, and any other aspect of the pieces you can think of so that we are ready to come together and really shine! These are the pieces you will be singing at ACDA (Please memorize the order as well!):

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Hvalite Gospoda s nebes, op. 9, N14 (Praise the Lord from the Heavens)
Zapovedi Blazhenstv (The Beautitudes)
Lumi (Snow) and Kanarbik (Heather)
Pakkanen (Frost)
Bedu Pako Baramasa (Bedu Ripens Year-Round)
Libertango

 

8 February Rehearsal Review

Kanarbik

  • Things to remember/reinforce in practice:
    • Stay together and be aware during the stringendo (Ainult nende peal põleb, põleb, põleb!)
    • The last chord is a flame! Be on fire!
    • Dig into the “maa” of “Maailma suurune leek…”
    • The first note will start from the center and work outward
  • Below are the parts you should notes you should sing in the chord that begins in m. 3 (Notes are from high to low)
    • G – Emily, Malaina, Nika, Kira, Christina
    • F – Gwen, Grace, Anna, Josephine, Michaela, Megan Guibord
    • Eb – Karli, Katherine Chui, Celia, Ela, Jenny, Kelly, Jessie
    • Db – Helena, Claire, Zoe, Franny, Sarina, Katie Wei
    • C – Megan B., Ananya, Sophie, Amy Wu, Jasmine Pao, Michelle
    • Low Bb – Sasha, Lara, Juliette, Julia, Karuna, Bomi
    • Second altos split between the A and the F
  • Here are the notes you should be singing in the last chord (notes are from high to low):
    • C – Malaina, Nika, Kira
    • G – Emily, Jessie, Gwen, Christina
    • F – Grace, Josephine, Katherine, Michaela, Amy Watt
    • Eb – Ela, Celia, Karli, Jenny, Megan Guibord, Anna
    • Db – Helena, Zoe, Franny, Katie Wei, Sarina
    • C – Megan B., Ananya, Sophie, Amy Wu, Claire
    • Bb – Sasha, Julia, Michelle, Jasmine
    • Ab – Lara, Karuna, Alisha,
    • F – Anyka, Juliette, Bomi
    • C – Jessica, Daphne
    • F – Sarah, Alissa, Rachel

Hark, I Hear

We changed standing positions so Sopranos are on either side of the altos and sing toward each other.

Things to remember/reinforce:

  • No scooping
  • Verses are, in general, at a lower dynamic. Choruses (“Hallelujah”s) are louder.
  • Accompanying “Hallelujas” (m.9 to 16) should be long with a break–not too short and still rhythmic
  • Sing through words in choruses. Do not clip words.
  • You will likely sing most of this unconducted. Be prepared!

Blazheni

  • Here is a recording you can use for practice.
  • Things to remember/reinforce during practice:
    • Chords: sing “doo” or “da”, with a new “d” with each new note
    • Moving parts are the most important–bring them out
    • Be sure to give special attention to Letter J where things change.

Pakkanen

  • We learned choreography for this this week.
  • We slightly changed the standing positions. Be sure you remember where you stand!
  • We also slightly changed the entrances at the beginning. Please sing as assigned!
  • There is a diction recording attached here (Thank you Katia!). PLEASE sit down with your score and compare your diction to Katia’s.
  • Find that groovy tempo, and practice with a metronome (quarter =149)!

Libertango

We also changed standing positions here similar to Hark, I Hear–Altos in the middle and Sopranos on either side. Sing toward each other (slightly) when you have the melody)

Things to reinforce/remember:

  • Be careful and mindful of tuning–especially on the top note of the repeated figure
  • Practice with a metronome: quarter=140
  • Added some turns in the last two sections:
    • Rows 3 and 4 turn to face the back the second time through m. 65
    • Row 2 turns to face the back the third time through m. 65
    • Beginning at m 73, turn back to the front according to your entrance:
      • Altos: m. 73
      • S2s: m. 74
      • S1s: m. 75

 

Pakkanen Choreography Notes (Thank you Gwen!!)

Altos:

Intro- hands to face on “Aa-ee-oo,” look around with face and body during wind sounds

A, A1, A2, B1, A3 – step side to side while beating heart with right hand. Start to the right. Anytime you say “aa-ee-oo” bring hands to your face.

B2 – make square with upper body. Start looking left. Move smoothly. You should end up standing straight again on the last beat of each four measure section.

C1 – stand straight looking forward

C2 – sway side to side moving shoulders up and down. On “HEI” bring your hands up bending at the elbows.

D1 – make square with your upper body. Start looking left.

D2 – make square with your upper body. Rows 1 and 3 start looking right, rows 2 and 4 start looking left.

 

Sopranos:

Intro – hands to face on “Aa-ee-oo,” look around with face and body during wind sounds

A, A1, A2 – Anytime you say “aa-ee-oo” bring hands to your face. Bring your hands to your face if you have a “ha ha” part. Stand straight ahead grooving slightly if not doing either of those things.

B1 – bring your hands to your face and lean forward slightly.

A3 – sway side to side. Start right.

Measure 56- add sweeping your hands from side to side in front of you in the direction of your steps.

B2 – bring your hands to your face and lean forward slightly.

C1 – stand straight looking forward

C2 – sway side to side moving shoulders up and down. Start to the right. On “HEI” bring your hands up bending at the elbows.

D1 – make square with your upper body. Start looking left.

D2 – make square with your upper body. Rows 1 and 3 start looking right, rows 2 and 4 start looking left.

 

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