Hi, VTG and Bravi:
In what has been a difficult and overwhelming week in our country, I am reminded of just how important our time together is. I love my work with Cantabile because I almost always get to see people at their best: working hard, creating beautiful things, holding each other up, and coming together. And you all choose to do so week after week, in your free time, because you want to. I may not say it enough, but I want to make sure you know that you are doing what I consider to be the most important thing we can do — working together on something that improves our world, and improves our lives. I have an incredible amount of respect and admiration for you all, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to make music with you each week. It is one of the few things that I am certain about in this confusing world of ours: this work is important. Thank you.
We are nearing the part of the season where polishing and detail work is our focus, and while this can feel like a lot of “work,” please remember the reasons you are here in the first place. And remind yourselves of our end goal: to share this hard work in a joyful, engaging performance. It is worth it!
So, with that said, onto the matters at hand. Here are your action items for this week:
Action Items for our Oct. 9th rehearsal. Full instructions for each piece are further down in the blog.
12 Days of Christmas in Africa (VTG + Bravi), arr. Straight No Chaser
Convidando (VTG + Bravi), by Zespedes
All-Searching Sight (SATB), arr. by Tim Sharp
We read through this new piece commissioned from Tim Sharp, for our event in two weeks. Tim will be here for the commissioning event and will work with us at rehearsal that Monday (Oct. 16). It is an arrangement of a shape-note hymn (does anyone know the title of the hymn? It is not “All-searching Sight,” by the way…). This hymn comes from a collection of shape-note hymns called Kentucky Harmony. Read more about the Shape-Note tradition here.
Caribbean Mass (SATB), by Glenn McClure
Amani (SATB), by Jim Papoulis: Lots of work is already done in the past, but we will revisit this piece on Monday with the rest of Vocalise… please be ready! Here is a recording for practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DZROLr9ms&feature=youtu.be
West Virginia (Bravi only)
Seven Bridges Road (Bravi only)
-Jace, Elena, and Lori