China trip II
We got our visas. But that wasn't all.
In less than a month, about eighty singers (including myself) will land in Beijing to sing in a Pre-Olympic Cultural Festival. On Monday night, members of the Rochester Oratorio Society finally received their passports with Chinese visas pasted in, marked in each booklet by a paper clip. Besides the visas, our conductor, Eric Townell, passed out three new pieces of music. Less than four weeks before the trip! We leave July 12th.
The repertoire is a mix of traditional European fare, Americana, and dynamic contemporary pieces by Cary Ratcliff and Morten Lauridsen.
Ayers: I Would be True
Bruckner: Os justi
Copland: Simple Gifts
Copland: Stomp your Foot
Copland: The Promise of Living
Gershwin: Love Walked In
Houston: Emerald Stream
Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Mendelssohn: Psalm 43
Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art
Ratcliff: Ode to Common Things, mvt 5 extract
Thompson: Last Words of David
Thompson: The Lord is My Shepherd
Thompson: Peaceable Kingdom: “Have Ye Not Known”
Thompson: Peaceable Kingdom: “Ye Shall Have a Song”
Chinese Traditional: Kang Ding song
Add to this list two new songs in Mandarin, and I’m starting to feel daunted. At least I got my Hepatitis A shot.
So this morning, an e-mail from China popped up in my box:
“According the frame of the Openning Concert Your Choir will performe last and will be in the finale. It is the most prestique position in the concert. Choirs will sing two-three songs and the song with in the mass chorus. The festival commitee is printing program for advertising, mass media and government officials. Also, Eric, did you receive the songs I sent you from the conductor in Shanghai and songs for the mass chorus, please reply.”
I ask you, what do you wanna hear about China, please reply.