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It is good. It is one of the most emotional things I sing for.

Next up, Easter morning. I have some errands to do after rehearsal tomorrow morning, but hopefully I can take it easy after that. And not stay up late.

They did a live stream of the service, which I forgot to post about. It may be available later, but I'm not sure. It's only audio, no video this time. The service is rather dimly lit and it doesn't work will on video. Tenebrae means The Darkening.

Sunday morning will be live stream, however, here. There's a bunch of services; the ones I'm singing in are at 7, 9:15, and 11 on Sunday morning (CST).
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Concert coming up on Friday. We had to learn fast, since it's been barely 5 weeks since the beginning of the semester. At least we're not the whole concert, but quite a bit of it. Among other things, "Dies irae" and "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem. (Good recordings on youtube, by the way. The video shows the score, line by the line.

I really enjoy them now. Diametrically opposed in feel and speed. So interesting. And the director is really excellent in every way.

Now, raspberries and cream for dessert. I don't care that it's a little late. :) 

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I'm spending a nice evening at home. Sleet hissing down like mad outside, accumulating on the streets. Definitely not going in to work tomorrow! I've got a small fire burning, too, which is super cozy. I've been doing some simple trimming on my new English bonnet. It's not the trimming for the Vernet plate, but I want to wear it to the archery thing this Saturday. So it's getting some dark brown silk ruching and a small curled ostrich plume in red.

But what really has me excited is finding some sheet music. My choir's big spring show is coming up in April. Last year it ended with an ensemble performance of "One Day More" from Les Misérables.  This year, we brainstormed and I suggested "Masquerade" from Phantom. I always wanted to figure out what all the words are!  And it took some searching, but I found the right arrangement. It's got the individual parts in it, an accompaniment that doesn't double the melody, what looks like authentic vocal scoring (including a high B flat as the highest), and it starts with Firmin and André instead of jumping into "Masquerade" immediately like every other arrangement. I'm SO looking forward to working on this!
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Besides being a weather nerd, this perfectly illustrates another reason I watch the forecast so much. How would I know tomorrow to wear a short sleeve cotton dress and cardigan to work, and the next a heavy wool coat, a warm outfit underneath that involves leggings, and insulated rain boots?

In other news, the Christmas cantata is Saturday and Sunday. Rehearsals scheduled Thursday and Friday nights... for now. [ominously, with plenty of eyebrow] 

You're invited to begin the Christmas season with Christ Chapel’s annual Christmas Cantata, “Sing A Song Of Christmas.” Featuring majestic arrangements of traditional Christmas carols, the Cantata will tell the story of Christ’s birth through beautiful music.

In addition to hearing the Cantata Choir and Sanctuary Orchestra, we will also be blessed with a very special carol arrangement by our children’s choir, MusicPraise, and by our Youth Bells.

* Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m
* Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.


We are going to stream video of the 2012 Cantata online for 24 hours! Beginning Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., you can click here to watch last year's service online until 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

You may also watch the 2013 Cantata live on our website during all four service times by clicking here.

[All times CST.]
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
I hope I can keep this up! I don't think I've missed a day yet. :) It's ironically much harder to remember actually during vacation. Note how late this entry is...

1. Last church choir special of the year. We did the "We Three Kings" number from the cantata. Fun song!

2. Adventures in present-making. I've got a whole photo montage I can share about that after Christmas...

3. Lots of Dick Van Dyke to go along with the adventures. Yes, it is the Dick Van Dyke show. :)  The biggest giggles of the day: discovery that Richie's middle name is "Rosebud." :p
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I just got an email from the church:

"If you missed this year’s Cantata or would like to see it again, watch the “24 Hours of Christmas Cantata” starting this afternoon at 4 p.m. at ccbc.rbm.tv. We’re repeating the Christ Chapel Cantata by streaming it every hour through Saturday afternoon!"

So if you're interested, just click on the link and select "Cantata."  If you watch carefully, you'll see me. I'm on the very back row, to the viewer's right, next to the mens' section.  Oh, and my dad is one of the bald-headed men playing the trumpet. I think he's more or less dead center.
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1. Talking to Bro. No. 2 on the phone. I don't talk to him enough!

2. Last choir concert of the season. Mrs. D. and I sung our song again. It's a duet in the madrigal style, called "'Neath the Spell of Peaceful Night."  My mother was at the concert and said it sounded really good. She said our voices blend very well, and it was a good style of song, too. :)

3.  Choir Christmas party at my parents' house. Pizza! And my gingerbread cake that wouldn't bake still tasted really yummy. Especially when it got hard sauce on it and sliced up so it wasn't visibly wonky.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
1. Singing a fun piece from the cantata for the special music during the service. I'm firmly in the camp that [almost] any song can be improved by being sped up, so I tend to approve of quick-tempo songs. This was definitely one such.

2. Lunch (at Whataburger!) with the parents, Bro. No. 1 & [livejournal.com profile] ladylilac12, and another friend from church.

3. Talking to Bro. No. 2 on the phone. It was a good conversation. I'm so excited for when he and H. arrive in town on the 26th!

4. Finishing one part of H's presents. I'm not sure yet if this is for her birthday (the 23rd) or for Christmas.

5. Discovering that I think I really LIKE embroidery.  I had a blast doing the embroidery on Taylor's mitts, and then I just did my initials on something else. My initials! In backstitch! That's all! But it was SO FUN.  Like, actively fun.  Moreso than knitting or crochet, or even regular handstitching. I moderately enjoy non-fiddly handsewing, but it doesn't give me the "This is fun!" rush I've gotten from the embroidery.  As a result, the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques book is on my wishlist. :)
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
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The day has been CRAZY and I almost forgot to post.

1. Choir concert last night. It went well! I had a duet with another lady - "'Neath the Spell of Peaceful Night" - in the madrigal style. I'm told it sounded good. I was too uncertain to enjoy it! :p
2. I put together what turned out to be a super cute outfit. I wore: White snap-cowl collar sweater, light gray princess-seamed jumper dress, red patent belt, red tights, black and white glen plaid peep toe mary jane shoes, red brooch, and red beret. I got compliments all day! My newly-curled hair worked so well with the beret, too.
3. Signing and dating several documents at work 12/12/12. :D
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1. Singing in three Christmas cantata performances at church. I am still wiped out, especially after the madness of Friday's concert, but it was one of the most fun cantatas I've performed.
2. Particularly, finishing with the Hallelujah Chorus after not doing it last year, and seeing people in all three services stand up.
3. Santa Claus was in the first service! Big man, perfect silver beard cut just right, in a red sport coat and red shirt, third pew from the front. No accident. ;) And he was the first to stand up for the chorus in that service. Definitely St. Nick!
4. Random discussion of economics and ideology at Smashburger after the singles' group that evening. I'm glad I let myself be talked into going.
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I've tried two or three times, but I've never managed to go the whole month on [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur's "Happy Things" December tradition. I'm going to try again, though!

Things that made me happy yesterday - Friday, 30 November.

1. Singing with the Impressions Chorale in the 15th annual Benefit Concert for the Reflections program.
2. Surprising Mr. A - the director - with specially-commissioned choral piece by Mark Hayes, performed by all current members and alumni who could join. There were about 125 of us crammed into the choir loft.
3. Actually surprising him! This has been in the works for a year and a half - and we did it! Neither he NOR Mrs. A had any idea. :D
4. Midnight breakfast at IHOP. I got home at 2 AM...

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