On another subject...
The Spokane Symphony's Holiday Pops concert is this coming Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm in the Fox Theater. The Spokane Symphony Chorale joins the Symphony in bringing the holiday music to Spokane.
Since 1991 I have sung with the Chorale. In addition to the Holiday Pops concert we have sung Requiems, Operas, and a variety of classical music throughout a full concert season. (Yes, I have managed to squeeze in a little painting time between concerts.)
For the first time since I have been a member, the Chorale has been asked to do major solo work for the Holiday Pops Concert (typically done by out-of-town professionals). This year 2 sets of 4 soloists (one set of 4 for each concert) will be singing the solo sections in Gustav Holst's Christmas Day.
And the quartet section of Franz Schubert's Magnificat D 483 will be sung in Latin by Chorale members with a different quartet selected for each concert. I have been chosen to sing the alto part on Sunday, Dec 12th.
I thought it would be a wonderful challenge to prepare enough to have a good audition for the part, certainly not expecting to receive it. Guess I prepared too well. Much of that is thanks to Selena Schopfer who made study CDs for me. So, when I am shaking in my heels in front of 1,650 people, I know who to blame.