It was a dark and stormy first rehearsal of the season. Dr. Director is facing a choir gone feral over Winter Break.
Director: “And we’re doing a Whitaker.”
Choir (in unison): “GroooOOOOaaaannnn.”
Director: “Now that’s not fair! And it’s more accessible than the last Whitaker we did.”
Voice from the depths of the Alto Section: “And that’s what you said about the Charles Ives piece too.”
Director: “But that was over ten years ago.”
Basso Profundo: “Choirs never forget.”
It is more accessible. It is also longer and just as hard. And I can’t be the only one hearing the hat tips to Enya and Morten Lauredsen, either, as well as to Randall Thompson.