We’re five weeks out from our joint performance of “Opera For The People” with The Reston Chorale – do you have your tickets yet? They’re available online, and early bird prices end in three weeks!
But here’s the thing – there will be two choirs, and we don’t usually rehearse at the same time. Huh?! Let us explain.
TRC also rehearses Tuesdays. But they began rehearsing for this performance two weeks before us because their calendar’s slightly different. And they rehearse in Reston. We, meanwhile, began rehearsing after “Music of the Storms” and we rehearse in Vienna. And we’ve all practiced the same pieces of music.
So how do we bring it all together?
Well, one thing to do was the joint rehearsal on Saturday. Everyone — okay, 70 percent of us — woke up early. Not the butt-crack-of-dawn early, but early for a weekend. We gathered for a potluck breakfast at 8:30 am (on a Saturday, ouch).
And after we’d sufficiently carb’d and caffeinated ourselves, we sang!
It was a thorough, exhaustive, and fun rehearsal though. Because it wasn’t just a matter of opening up sheet music and singing. It was all about
- finding our places
- getting to know fellow singers who we’re going to be standing next to
- figuring out sight/height lines
- getting to know the other choir’s conductor
- oh yes, figuring out how we’re going to fit 150 people plus soloists and piano into each space
Now you see why we had to have a potluck? This is hungry work! There were no leftovers, though. Because those homemade breakfast goodies were gooooood. We have more pictures and video up on our facebook page. Take a look!
We plan on a couple more joint rehearsals. Mercifully, they will not be early in the morning. There might still be coffee and carbs involved.