We’re less than a week to our first concert with Mike Horanski – The Call Of Music. The excitement is ratcheting up, and we all file in to rehearsals for our the first show week with Mike!
Of course things worthy of a now traditional VCS Top Ten list happened. Or rather, were said. Because if there is one thing we now look forward to, it’s the Mike-isms, often movie-related.
Here is a top ten:
- “Crayon list.” As in, use a big fat crayon to mark something in the music because it’s that important.
- “All I see is foreheads!” In other words, look up!
- The word “rejoice” is key to a piece of music. We’re all really into it, hitting our entrances just right, slaying the piece! Naturally, Mike says, “I’ve never seen more serious people trying to rejoice.”
- During a break, Mike hums to himself, maybe trills. We kid you not, someone trills back. That whole thing about music not needing actual words in action right here, people.
- The baton went flying. Yes. It did.
- The part where Mike makes us all stop, and asks us to raise our hand if we have a half-note. Then he makes us take the following oath: “I, say your name, (room mumbles) promise not to sit on that note. I promise to go somewhere with it, that is musically expressive, so help me.”
- “Use the force.” Because there is a movie reference at every rehearsal, without fail. And therefore, we give you some more from the last few weeks….
- The Princess Bride reference, during the note that has people baffled with a key change: “If I could choose this note…I clearly did not choose the note in front of you!”
- The Monty Python reference, where people are not at the exact legato required: “Bring out your phrase….I’m not dead yet….I’m feeling better.”
- And finally, the part where he actually acts out the Mr. Miyagi “crane” thing in order to get us to look up from our music and stop. Complete with “hai-yaaa!” type noises.
We have had a great time rehearsing. And we look forward to singing for you this weekend. Please do join us in The Call Of Music, 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180). We are especially excited to feature some of Mike’s students from The Robinson Women’s Select Ensemble of Robinson Secondary School.
Fittingly, the repertoire — which celebrates the very art form of choral music, and of how transformational the human voice can be — will feature pieces from across the spectrum. From classical to modern, and new (to you) as well as much loved. Don’t be surprised if you recognize some arrangements that you’ll be tempted to sing along to.
The box office opens at 6:30 pm, and we always have a few tickets at the door.
General Admission – Adults: $25
General Admission – Senior(65+) or Student (15-18): $20
Season Ticket – Adults: $85
Season Ticket – Seniors/Students: $75
Youth (14 and younger) attend free accompanied by a paying ticket holder.
We do expect a great turnout, and you are encouraged to get your tickets early! Tickets – including season tickets – are available online or through the choir.
It promises to be a wonderful evening, and all of us at VCS hope to see you in the audience!