Yet another lazy morning starts out our ninth day of tour in Austin. Many Westminster Choir members meandered home from our social gathering very late at night. All I can say of that is that we came and “left Austin weird.”
Like every other lazy morning, Westminster Choir members separated and did what they felt like doing. Late comers to the morning breakfast like me chatted about the previous night’s activities and our day’s schedule. Yours truly came back to the room and read more until our call. We had to load the bus early, so I went to lunch with alto Arielle Klein, tenor Max Nolin, alto Paige Kenley, and soprano Jorie Moss. A delicious lunch at a local restaurant and great conversation started the afternoon off right. We boarded the bus for a five-minute ride to University Presbyterian Church. Our brief logistics rehearsal ran smoothly and went straight to a delicious, homemade dinner of pork tamales, Mexican salad, and Mexican rice complete with chips and queso, two different types of salsas, and wonderful guacamole. An incredible dinner left us complete and happy.
Our concert began, and we were fully enveloped by our audience. It was our most emotional, spiritually revitalizing concert of the year. The audience was truly touched, which only infused our music making with more spirit. As artists, the connection we have with our audience is the most important part of our process. This connection was more prevalent tonight than ever before. The foundation of this connection cannot be explained nor can it be recreated. It can only be captured in the moment. This is what makes music necessary.
We left with our home stays after a beautifully conceived and performed concert. Tomorrow brings our third and final workshop.