Thank you, thank you for your great work, not only at rehearsal on Wednesday, but also during your practice at home last week. Your improvement between rehearsals was significant and allowed us to focus on polishing the music and developing our expression of the important message each song contains for our audience on Sunday. You know, Dr. King was a great champion of justice and equal rights for people of all races, but he was also passionate about wiping out poverty and providing equal access to quality education. I came across this video of a young lady describing her dream, inspired by King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and it hit home for me the understanding that King’s dream has not yet been fully recognized in this country. This is why concerts like the one you are going to present on Sunday are vital to our community. When you wonderful young people put this message out to your community, as the young lady in the video does, you are a powerful voice for the voiceless. You have inspired me in the process of preparing this concert to be more aware and supportive of efforts to change these inequalities in our culture, in whatever small way I can. Thank you!
And now… let’s prepare ourselves the best way we can for the concert on Sunday. Please carve out some time between now and then to review all the things we worked on in rehearsal before you arrive at the church on Sunday (details for the concert below). Sing through every song at least once, standing with good singing posture, focusing your eyes on one spot (imagine me standing there!), being expressive with your face and body and including choreography in Amani. Be sure to get good rest this weekend, eat well and drink plenty of water so you are physically in great shape for the event. Bring excitement, joy and focus with you on Sunday!
LOOKING AHEAD… After Sunday’s concert, please turn your attention to our Montalvo Arts Center project. There are some specific notes about Four Bridges farther down in the blog you will need to know before next week’s rehearsal, so be sure to read all the way through it.
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DETAILS FOR SUNDAY
Driving Out the Darkness, a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Location: Foothills Congregational Church
Uniform: Full Concert Dress
Bring: Water bottle with your name on it. Please do not bring anything else with you. Be sure to eat a good lunch before coming.
12:30 Singers arrive and meet in the Learning Center
12:30-1:30 Parents drop off potluck items for reception to Parish Hall Kitchen. Come around to the kitchen door and please be aware that there may be a church meeting finishing up in the Parish Hall itself around 12:30 and be sensitive to that when you come.
1:40 Doors open to the sanctuary for seating
2:00 Concert and Reception
3:45 Approximate end-time of entire event
Parents, we hope you are planning to come to the concert and encourage you to invite friends and family. It is free and open to the public. After the concert, please plan to stay for the reception and get to know the members of the church choirs and staff. We very much appreciate your help with the refreshments for this community-building event. You may sign up for items to bring here. Please remember the following guidelines:
REHEARSAL TRACKS FOR MLK CONCERT THIS SUNDAY
High Sop 1
Low Sop 1
Come and Sing
Shed a Little Light
Sop 2 (Sop)
Sop 2 (Alto)
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells arr. Jeffery Ames
FOUR BRIDGES – NEW INFORMATION AND REHEARSAL TRACKS
Howard has decided to split the following cues into shorter cuts so as to make things go smoother in the recording studio. Please mark your score in such a way that you remember what the new cuts are. Draw long vertical lines between the new divisions and label the measures as they are below (A, A1, K, K1, M, M1, M2, M3):
Here are new SoundCloud rehearsal tracks, with a 2-measure intro to each cut.