Monday, January 26, 2009

Off the subject

It's not food, politics or religion, but I went to a good concert yesterday. It was part of Bethany Lutheran Church's Faith and Arts series. The concert was billed as a tribute to Robert Shaw. The numbers with a large ensemble and organ were a bit muddy which would have troubled Shaw, but there were some lovely pieces. I liked two pieces from Durufle's Requiem in particular.
What I didn't like was having the audience join with the choir to sing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. I know it was something of a Shaw tradition, but I would rather stick to the choir singing. Too many people in the audience think they know the score and don't, so it turns into a mishmash that just isn't pleasant or good music.

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