After a gorgeous and relaxing Sunday, we started our Monday with a Westminster Choir rehearsal at 11a.m. Finally we got to sing tonal music! (Sorry, Lachenmann, but we miss singing.)
We started working on the Gala concert music, one piece being a beautiful commissioned work by John Kennedy. Dr. Miller explained to us that John Kennedy has hardly written choral music, yet the piece he wrote, titled Blessing the Boats, is one of the most peaceful and ethereal works we’ve had the privilege of singing. After a short lunch break, we had an afternoon Lachenmann orchestral rehearsal, followed by a night rehearsal in Memminger Auditorium. We began integrating the shadow puppet show with the orchestra part, while Helmut Lachenmann was there to help with musical notes. Because the set is still being adjusted, some of the stage hands have precautionary helmets. Hilariously enough, they gave Helmut a helmet. The pictures and memes that ensued are priceless.
By the end of the two rehearsals, we were pretty pooped. We’ve had enough subdividing for one day. Time to hit the hay.