I am proud of you and I’m excited for our performance this weekend! The work you did at the dress rehearsal on Tuesday night and then at our regular rehearsal on Wednesday was remarkable. Keep challenging yourself to be better every day. Be sure to practice today, tomorrow and Sunday before you come to the theater, striving to understand the text of your songs at a deeper level or to show the story and emotion of each song more clearly. Also, remember that you must sing through Kyrie every day in order to be confident on your memorization of it for the concert.
If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Announcements and reminders are at the bottom of the blog.
ACTION ITEMS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 6, 2017
Kyrie Eleison by Ron Kean
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells arr. Jeffery Ames
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Spend some time thinking about the choreography changes Elena made at the dress rehearsal. If you’re unsure of anything, check with Jessie when we all arrive at the theater on Sunday.
BREATHING MEDITATION, STANDING POSITION AND A YOGA FLOW
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
Hands together in front, slowly raising them to a forward salute (inhale)
Exhale — forward bend: round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.
PLace hands on lower back, bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE
Slowly bring arms up as before, inhaling — forward salute and forward arch
Exhale- forward bend
INhale — monkey (legs straight but relaxed, spine straight and long,hands on knees, back and head make a “table”
Exhale — forward fold, bend knees
INhale — Chair (knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms raised above head.
Exhale — standing
Exhale into standing.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
REHEARSAL NEXT WEEK
Remember, we DO have rehearsal next week, Wednesday, December 6, 5:00-7:00 (no musicianship classes this week). We have not heard from some of you as to whether or not you will be there. Please do your absolute best to attend and let us know your plans HERE.
Bring your new green binder with the Montalvo Arts Center piece, Four Bridges. Composer Howard Hersh will be with us to work with us on it. If you have a few minutes next week (after the concert), please spend some time reading through the music using the sound clips on SOUNDCLOUD
If you did not turn in your regular black binder last week, please be sure to bring it next week.
FOR YOUR EASY REFERENCE: Holidays with Cantabile Concert Information
Date: Sunday, December 3rd
NOTE: Ensemble does not need to attend the rehearsal on Sunday morning
Location: California Theatre
Call Time: 5:15 pm
Drop off location: Singers will be dropped off at the curb on the Artist’s Entrance: East side of Market Street, just south of the Hilton Hotel.
Check Out: Check out will happen in designated areas throughout the theater, after the concert has completed.
Attire: Full Concert Dress for all choirs: see above.
Please make sure you eat a good dinner before coming to the concert.
Please bring with you: Water Bottle (with your name on it)
Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale
Purchase tickets here.