We're performing the Mozart Vespers, Regina Coeli, Schubert's Gott in Umgewitter (I think that's right!) and Brahms' Nänie. I get to sing the soprano solos in Regina Coeli and in the Laudate Dominum, both of which are just wonderful. I think that Mozart had a love-hate relationship with sopranos in general -- he obviously loved the sound, but some of it is just devilishly difficult in phrasing, breathing(!), etc.
But it's really nice, after being away from serious singing for a while, to remember all that technique I studied so assiduously. When to breathe, how to breathe, how to produce a good vowel sound on a low note, a high note; how to project through my range, how to fool the audience into thinking that I haven't breathed in five minutes! :) And, to have the chance to remember this on such lovely music is just the icing on the cake.
Before we get to that concert on April 1st & 2nd, we've got the Sage City Symphony concert on March 26th, also full to the brim with Mozart. This kid I'm hatching will certainly be a great test-case for the Mozart Effect! Our soloists, both vocalists and a young violinist, are going to be fabulous. For me, the music is so wonderfully approachable that it's just a joy to play -- no work at all!
And before that, I need to get my sets in order for St. Patrick's Day, when we're once again playing at the Madison Brewery. They're brewing a special Irish Red just for the occasion, but of course I can't drink any of it! :P Still, even without the beer, I think it'll be a good time. We've got lots of cheesy Irish sing-a-long songs as well as our reels and jigs, and it went over well last year.
I think he's already playing the violin... ;)
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