(Parents--please pass this email on to your singers and ask them to respond)
First, many congratulations on a wonderful day of music-making on Sunday. I'm so proud of your growth this year. It's truly been a pleasure to work with you.
I'm now looking ahead to our very special final concert on Saturday, June 3. I'm so glad we get this time together to celebrate our entire season.
Concert details are below, but first, I'd like you to weigh in on an important decision. In deciding how to put together the concert, I'd really like to reprise the music from The Snow Goose. It was a huge focus of our semester, it's incredibly beautiful music, and we've already seen growth in your singing of it from March to May.
But there's truly no way to cut the piece to make it shorter; there's no text left to cut without impacting the emotional power of the work. So, we have two options:
1. Perform the entire work as is (choir, instruments, narrator). It's about 65 minutes long.
2. Perform only the music (choir, instruments). That's about 10-15 minutes of music.
Some thoughts for you to consider:
PERFORMING THE WORK WITH NARRATOR
It's complete and sung the way it was meant to be sung.
It's a chance to bring our musical growth to the project.
Audience members that didn't hear the piece in March will get a chance to experience it in full.
PERFORMING THE MUSIC ONLY
It'll dominate the concert less; we'll be able to sing our other music and it will feel more balanced.
We'll still bring our musical growth to the project
I feel strongly that 90% of the music works on its own. Yes, it often comments on the story, but it's not plot-driven. There are many film scores that stand on their own; I think Scott's music works in the same way.
Richard Hilger, our narrator, is fine with either decision. In fact, he was the one that suggested we perform the music on its own.
So, let me know what you think, please!
Finally, concert details for Saturday, June 3:
7:00pm concert (Free and open to the public)
Holy Wisdom Monastery (4200 County Highway M, Middleton)
Bring your music.
Dress nicely (but no need to wear your MYC concert wardrobe). Ragazzi--nice shirt/nice pants is just fine; no ties/jackets required. Cantabile--same thing; wear nice, weather appropriate clothes.