We were back to the grindstone for this rehearsal. First reviewing selection #s: 6, 11 (see comments by George below), 1, and 2 after the warm-up. Then focusing on selection #s:15, 4, 10, and 8. Selection 15 is the most difficult on the program but we made significant progress on it this week and like many others are just in need of some final polishing. Number 4 is coming along nicely it is the inspiration piece for the title of our program and we really want this to come alive. The other part of the title is inspired by selection 10 which speaks to the warm fuzzy side of the season which can be quite touching if we sing these words from the heart as though we really meant it. Number 8 is an excellent contemporary arraignment of the old familiar Christmas carol. For this there is a blend of a smooth legato style interspersed with a crisp staccato style and we should carefully apply the appropriate style as called for and I think the audience is going to love it.
Next week the focus will be on selection #s: 3, 12, 16, and 5.