We had our final rehearsal before the NYC trip this evening. We sang through several pieces and put a final coat of polish on our repertoire for the trip. Tonight we rest, tomorrow we journey to the city, and we’ll begin Friday morning with a 7:30 am rehearsal at Trinity Wall Street. The schedule for the day’s marathon of concerts feels daunting, but it is also a great privilege to have this opportunity to make music for this occasion. I’m looking forward to our collaboration with other singers and conductors, and for the chance to share a wealth of beautiful music and poetry with the audiences.
To recap the most up-to-date information I have about various webcasts and streaming audio of our programs:
WWFM of Trenton will be carrying our Noon concert of music by American composers and our 5 pm concert of Bach, Brahms, and Mendelssohn live, and you can stream those programs from their website. Click the Listen Online link, and you should be able to stream.
Medici.tv will be broadcasting a video webcast of several of the day’s concerts, including our 5 pm concert of Bach, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, as well as the 8:30 program for massed choirs and orchestra. As of Wednesday evening, the link they provided to The Choir is not yet live, though I imagine that will change on Friday.
Trinity Wall Street will webcast live video of the 8:30 program on their website.
I’m going to try to blog about the day of concerts in real time (obviously not during performances) – I have a WordPress app on my phone. I will also try to update with pictures from the day’s events. If all else fails, check back on Saturday for a recap and a preview of Bach at Noon, which will be an opportunity for Lehigh Valley audiences to hear some of the repertoire we’re singing on Friday.
Finally, a word of thanks to everyone who supported this effort here at home – from our wonderful staff, who had a frightening array of logistics to plan, to those who provided generous financial support to make this journey possible, to all of the individuals who have shared their best wishes with so many of us in the choir, to our wonderful Artistic Director, Greg Funfgled, who was so instrumental in both the conception of and preparation for this event. The music for these programs aims to give voice to a complex assembly of emotions, from grief to hope and healing, and I think that, as always, Greg’s programming achieves all of that and more. May we live up to the shared vision for these concerts and ably commemorate all of the lives lost and sacrifices offered on that horrific day, now ten years ago.
In the press recently:
The Newark Star Ledger has a preview of cultural events surrounding the anniversary, including mention of the events on Friday at Trinity.
Add NPR to the list of live webcasts of the 8:30 pm program. Their classical music blog has a nice preview of the event.
The New Yorker Magazine’s classical music listings include mention of the concerts.
More locally, in Patch, Tara Zrinski has an excellent compilation of events in Manhattan this weekend, including our performances.