Our first “rehearsal” was at 2pm today, thankfully. With the morning off, we always go out exploring. Charleston is a very diverting city. The plethora of coffee shops, bakeries, Southern comfort food restaurants, and tons of eccentric little shops decorating the ever-crowded King Street keep us occupied for our free time. As Spoleto musicians, we straddle this odd gap between tourists and residents – quickly learning how to get around, but constantly gawking at the never-ending attractions Charleston has to offer.
During our afternoon rehearsal, they started doing mic checks. As they were turning the mic up, the feedback started ringing through out the space. From the opposite side of the choir, I started hearing a commotion of moving chairs, stands, and people before someone from the choir called for Dr. Miller. Pauli, a member of our choir, had fainted. In order to be carried out, the mics had to be turned off and that section of the orchestra had to clear out. After he’d been hauled out and whisked away to the hospital, we continued rehearsal. The show must go on, as they say.
Regardless, we were all worried about Pauli. During our dinner break, we found out he had received a minor concussion, but was returning for the evening rehearsal. It was a simple, yet firm reminder that although we seem to be in a harmless profession, we always need to make sure our bodies can handle the events of the day. Our instrument is our body, and thus we must be physically prepared for every rehearsal and performance venue.