Posted on December 23, 2008 by Michael
MOS just completed its third Messiah Sing-Along and it was for me an extraordinary experience. What made it extraordinary was the level of involvement I sensed from the singers in the room (and essentially everyone in the room that day was a singer!). Looking out at 650 smiling people and knowing that these folks had gathered for the express purpose of singing one of our great pieces of choral literature was a thrill. All of us involved in choral music understand how satisfying it is to sing for others. Still, I believe that to sing with others is even more satisfying, and it is indeed rare when we have the opportunity to sing with 650 people!
For those of you in attendance, how did the afternoon feel to you? Did you also feel the level of anticipation in the room that I felt? Was it fun singing with so many people? What other Messiah Sing-Along experiences have you had over the years and what do you remember most from them?
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
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Posted on December 10, 2008 by Michael
Yesterday afternoon’s concert by The Michael O’Neal Singers, The Michael O’Neal Chamber Singers, and the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet was a perfect reminder of why I enjoy live performance so much. Admittedly, the fact that everyone performed beautifully added much to my enjoyment, but it was more than that. What struck me most about the concert was the communication that took place between and among performers, conductor, and audience. And let’s face it. This communication can never take place when listening to a CD or mp3 or watching a DVD. Perhaps you can imagine the communication or even recall it (if the recording is one in which you participated), but you can’t experience the communication unless you’re present when it is happening. In a world in which we find ourselves increasingly experiencing music alone as we listen to our iPods and view YouTube videos on our computers, it is refreshing to create live music and experience it with others. What are your thoughts about live vs. recorded performances? Pros and cons are cheerfully accepted.
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