Hi, Bravi and VTG:
We are quickly approaching the final rehearsals of the semester and the very exciting opportunities to perform our Spring concerts with our guest artist, Laura Inserra. (Take a few minutes to look through her website, where she has lots of information about the instruments she creates and plays.) She’s a fascinating person and we are very fortunate to collaborate with her. This coming week is our last before Laura joins us.
Rehearsing with Laura will require incredible passion, focus, and dedication. These are not new concepts — we reinforce them weekly. Unfortunately, the latest string of absences, illnesses, and conflicts have left our rehearsals feeling somewhat less cohesive than usual. Your conductors are aware that some of these absences have been due to Spring Break, and we hope your travels were restful and safe.
Nonetheless this means missed rehearsal time, and this time is crucial… especially in a small group like Bravi. It is IMPERATIVE that you spend considerable time practicing this week, especially if you have been absent recently. We need you to return to rehearsal ready to pick up exactly where we left off. There is no time for repetition and re-learning. During your practice this week, make sure everything is 100% memorized. Revisit the scores after your practice to be sure the way you have memorized is really accurate.
I’d also like you each to spend time with the mirror, rehearsing and watching to be sure that your face conveys the passion and message of each piece. I know each of you feels strongly about the music we sing, but too often that is lost in translation when we take the stage. Your job is a performer is to present this to the audience and invite them into our experience. This is not optional. “We hear first with our eyes,” said a very smart conductor to me… and your visual presentation will ultimately be just as important as your beautiful singing.
Famine Song – VIDA, arr. Matthew Culloton
Rain Music – Farnell
Esti Dal – Kodály
Past Life Melodies – Hopkins
Additional Announcements and Reminders:
Always our best,
Jace, Elena, and Justin