I am not trying to monopolize the site, it's just that I am in a moment of over-excitement. I have no idea how I will convince my mind that I must get some sleep tonight.
And there is a good reason; tomorrow is the day of the BIG concert. (not flute, sorry, not yet, but choir, my second activity). And I wanted to share my enthusiasm and excitement.
I call it the BIG one because we sing with an important symphonic orchestra (76 instruments), a double choir (100 voices in total), four soloists (Soprano, male Alto, Tenor and Bass) and a Gregorian choir. The main TV channel is coming and a CD will be produced (if everything runs as it should)
All are professional singers and musicians, but our choir is amateur. It is a really big opportunity and a hugely rewarding experience.
We have rehearsed and worked like insanes, 12 hour per week-end (last one was the third in a row). And today Tuesday was the pre-general rehearsal (first time with the orchestra and soloists) and tomorrow the full general (including the Gregorian choir for the first time), two hours before the concert.
The program: Oficio y Misa de difuntos by Mariano Rodriguez de Ledezma (spanish romantic composer, wrote them in 1819). Two kind of Requiem mass
The concert was a success and very rewarding for the choir and myself.
We had worked very hard indeed, more than 60 hours rehearsing (including four hours with the orchestra).
The day of the concert we had the general rehearsal with orchestra, soloists and gregorian choir and two hours later the actual concert. Very demanding for the voices.
And in the morning I had mine not in very good shape (probably too much effort and nerves from the previous day rehearsal). So I launched a shock treatment with herbal thee (Agrimonia), propoleum pills and gargling.
I survived and was back in shape for the concert!
Looking back, so many efforts, almost 200 people engaged in a common project that lasted just 90 minutes of good music...
Concerts are very seldom repeated, so it lasted just that and for once. What a pity!. But I believe it was worth the effort.
The spanish television (TVE channel 2) made a recording that will be transmitted on May 3, at 8.00 AM on the national TV.
Just in case anybody could be interested, TVE has a satellite international channel (TVE International) that could program it the same day or some other time. If I find out about other dates and times, I will post a reminder here. And it could be that some parts could be uploaded to Youtube (conflict of rights permitting)