Monday, July 1, 2013

a few of my favorite things

For the past few days, I have had a post running around in my head about the Britten War Requiem, the huge work we just performed at Grant Park. And by huge, I really mean huge. It is 85 minutes long, requires a full symphony orchestra, a small chamber orchestra, three soloists (soprano, tenor, bass), a full choir (ours, the Grant Park Chorus, is 110 members strong), and a children's choir. Oh, and a conductor. We performed it on Friday and Saturday night. It is an amazing work, and I'm so glad to be able to perform it with such a wonderful group.
The War Requiem has both the Catholic requiem mass text and poems by Wilfred Owen. Here are the program notes.
Next week it's on to Dvorak, Bolcom, and Barber.

Since there's no way to post about everything that's been going on, I'll leave you with a few of my favorite things:

the view of the Chicago skyline every day at orchestra rehearsal

being greeted by smiling faces and friendly "hello"'s by this orchestra

sharing doTERRA with someone in the orchestra and watching their face light up as the Deep Blue blend alleviated their ankle pain

after-concert parties

friends getting engaged!!!!!!!

playing amazing music with even more amazing people

going to a softball game and getting amazing seats, and getting signatures from people I have watched play since I was a little girl!

Laughter and fun times on orchestra breaks

lessons with a great person and teacher

the list could go on and on... Chicago is a great city and I'm so happy to be here.

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