Friday, February 18, 2011

Choir rehearsal

Some are better than others. There are times when we go through some material that I don't care for, and other times when it's all good. Last night was one of the best in a while.

There was the classical stuff:
Mendelssohn: "And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth" - The final chorus from Elijah, and one of my favorite choral pieces.

Beethoven: "Hallelujah" from Christ on the Mount of Olives

Haydn: "Achieved Is The Glorious Work" from The Creation
And a couple of more modern works that are also excellent:
John Ness Beck: "Upon This Rock"

Rene Clausen: "At the Name of Jesus"
And a piece from the Russian Orthodox church:
Tchesnokoff: "May Thy Holy Spirit" - In 1999, a group of about 20 members of this choir (about five of whom are still here) sang this a capella inside a "beehive tomb" carved into a hill in Mykines in Greece. It was the single most unforgettable musical moment of my lifetime. Our guide, when we got back onto the bus, said, "I've heard a lot of people sing inside that tomb, but I've never heard anything like that."
So, as rehearsals go, this one was top-notch...


And, on that theme, here's a video of the aforementioned Beethoven piece:

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