Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fringe and Guns

Addicted to Fringe these days . . . . and this is hilarious.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Missing Death Dissolving Me

I hope you enjoyed your vacation from class today.

I missed working on "Death Dissolves Me.

But I had a great shrimp poboy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Choir No Longer Singing @ UAB Anniversary Event

I had a feeling about this -

We are no longer invited to sing at the UAB Anniversary Event, so plan on attending class that day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great Day

Found a recording:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

From Charles to you


Thank you for your performance Friday. I know you were all stressed about a performance so early in the year, but there was not a hint of unpreparedness or uncertainty in your set. Each piece was stellar in its own way, with chords locking in with precision and energy. Your faces on Haec dies were stunning! even though they may have all been an act!

But what I really wanted to thank you for was your performance of Abide With Me.

Not only did the song have special meaning for everyone there with it being September 11th, but that song reached me in a very personal, spiritual way. The Chamber Choir performed this piece my freshman year, and since then I have been in love with that piece.

However, you brought it to a new level. I could feel that this song was a prayer, not just a song to be performed. I closed my eyes, and your song transcended the performance at AVA and became my personal prayer.

I felt as though the choir was singing TO me and expressing my thoughts FOR me, and for the second time in my life, a piece of music moved me to tears. I was extremely proud to have been a part of that group for so long, and I am so proud for each and every one of you. I'm looking forward to even more the rest of the year.

Love to all,

Charles Henry

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Great first concert

Superb job yesterday, everyone.

And I'm glad to report that Victoria is better (but that she has the flu).

I got great comments from many people after the concert. Would love to hear what you heard.

The best: Great job - four memorized works performed very well with only four weeks of classes.

The worst: uniform emergencies on the day of the concert

The solution: Crash Course on Stephen Covey, Habit 1

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Great rehearsals for Chamber Singers and Concert Choir

Mark it down - great rehearsals in both choirs today.

Way to go, teams!

ACDA Information

Found out ACDA warm-up and performance time today:

Sound Check: The sound check for the performance is scheduled for Thursday, March 11 from 11:15 - 11:45 am.

Performance: March 12, 2010 at 9:30 am in the Cannon Center.

It looks like we need to leave on Thursday morning, probably at 6:00 a.m.

Distance on Google Maps here.


Check out UAB Music Professor Scott Phillip's son's website as he runs for 6th grade president!

France Verdict

It looks postive!

5 No's
1 will tell me later.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

France Verdict

There is none.  I've not looked at the cards yet.

A compliment from DGJ


You received a compliment today from a choral director in New York: David Griggs Janower. I follow his blog and left him a link to a subject he was discussing (sabbaticals).

Here's a screen shot of the compliment:
Why don't you tell him thank you?

And . . . developing a national/international reputation is one of the reasons we sing at ACDA conferences, NCCO conferences, and international competitions.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Concert in Huntsville

Received a FaceBook invite to this today - might be a great road trip for lovers of Choral Music:

No admission charge; donations gratefully accepted. (There is a charge for the Gorham's Bluff concert.)
Friday, September 25, 2009
7:30pm - 9:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
307 Gates Avenue
Huntsville, AL

Join the Huntsville Master Chorale for this concert of musical compositions about the beauty and enchantment of evening. You will hear contrasting works by famed American composers Morten Lauridsen and Samuel Barber, both of which have set the famous poem by Jame Agee, Sure on this Shining Night. Brahms' Vier Quartette, Opus 92, is based on poems by various poets, all of which touch on the subjects of evening and autumn. Brahms uses piano as an accompanying instrument to bring out the lush harmonies and interesting melodies. There will also be a set of pieces by Mozart, all of the texts taken from the Offices of Vespers and Compline (sung during evening). His Laudate Dominum will feature local soprano Karen Young, and his Regina Coeli will feature local soloists, Karen Young, Shonda Devine, Glenn Humphrey and Michael Beutjer. The latter set is based on songs of dreams, infusing texts and compositions from many different periods and of composers such as Max Reger, Josef Rheinberger, and Benjamin Britten. A set of folk songs concludes the program, two of which were arranged by the famous duo, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. The final composition, My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night! was arranged by James Mulholland.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009