158Re: [KWChoir] Re: Estrella Known World Choir
- Feb 22, 2005Congratulations, Master Lazarus and all of the brave and hardy KWC
singers at Estrella! I wish I could have been there to hear it. My
sympathies on the rain - after last Pennsic, those of us on the eastern
side of the country can relate.
Arianna of Wynthrope
Barony-Marche of the Debateable Lands
Kingdom of AEthelmearc
--- "Donald F. Harrington" <donharrington@...> wrote:
> Well, it's over for this year, and I would certainly call it a
> success. Given the inclement weather, I was very happy with the
> number of people who came to rehearsal after rehearsal, trying to
> through the rain. We ended up giving two performances on Sunday,
> originally because of conflicts in the printed schedules.
> In retrospect, I liked the multiple performances though. After all
> that work, it made for a bigger payoff.
> We presented 5 tunes - Pastime With Good Company, Ce Moys de May (a
> surprise hit), 2 Morley tunes (Springtime Mantleth Ev'ry Bough &
> is in My Mistress' Face), and ended with the Palestrina (Oh, that
> these mine sad eyes). Maybe it was the Palestrina, with references
> "overflowing fountains of sadness", but every rehearsal we had was
> accompanied by a downpour. The performances were one of the best
> for weather all weekend, though, partially cloudy and no real rain to
> speak of.
> We had singers from across the country, east coast to west coast and
> places between. In the performances, we had 16 singers which was
> good for our first year.
> Next time, I would recommend including some tunes oriented towards
> higher voices only (SSA or SAA, for instance), just to take advantage
> of the fact that women outnumbered men by 4 to 1. Because of the
> diverse range of musical skills, I would add a few pieces where the
> individual lines are quite simple but with a larger number of parts.
> The other "issues" had more to do with communication plans than
> anything else. There were inconsistencies in the printed schedule.
> Next time, we'll know to spend more time double-checking everything
> before it hits print. I also think we could have spread our net
> wider. We did announce to a lot of arts-related e-mail lists, but we
> didn't think of going to other Kingdom's general lists, which would
> have got the message out to more people.
> When all is said and done, though, people came and sang true early
> music and really enjoyed themselves. And so did the audiences. And
> that, my friends, is what it's all about.
> Thanks to everybody who worked so hard in the singers and especially
> to my cohort HG Mistress Deille of Farnham.
> Don Harrington
> Lazarus Artifex
"Only the educated are free." Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD), Discourses
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