Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Concert Choir Singing at Sanders Theatre

By: Chloe DeMello, Concert Choir
Chloe has been in BCC for 3 years. She is 12 years old.

Recently, the Concert Choir sang Kaddish Symphony by Leonard Berstein at Sanders Theater in Cambridge. The performance was a collaboration with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Hearing the orchestra play 2 other pieces before our piece made me get pumped! Sanders Theater is a beautiful place, and the hall where we performed was probably the prettiest place I have ever seen in my life.

Singing there made me feel more professional than ever before, because we were performing with a professional orchestra, the piece is much longer than a typical piece at BCC (the whole score was literally 115 pages!), and we even had extra rehearsals at Boston Conservatory the week before the concert. It made feel way more grown up than ever.

The piece was enormously long -- at least 20 minutes long -- and had crazy time signatures, like 7/8 and 3/8. At first when we received the piece on the first day I thought, “How are we supposed to learn this?!?” Once Mrs. Adams showed us how 7/8 was counted it was a little easier, but still hard. All-in-all, great experience for me.

Concert Choir has done pieces with Boston Conservatory before, but this is my first year in this particular group, so it was great to experience this for my first time!

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