The Michael O’Neal Singers recently completed its Third Annual Hear the Future! Music Festival Concert. In this concert, MOS invites superb high school musical ensembles to join with us in performing a large work, as well as performing as an individual group on the program. This year we were honored to welcome the Lassiter High School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Brian Williams and the Woodstock High School Varsity Singers, under the direction of Ryan McKendrick. Each of these ensembles sang beautifully and made the adult singers of MOS very encouraged about the future of choral singing. As I have commented on several occasions before, when we hear young singers such as these, we are hearing both the “future” and the “present.”
Our combined work this year was the Mass in G by Franz Schubert, only eighteen years old himself when he wrote this gem of a piece. It was a joy for me to look out at the 225 singers on stage and see high schoolers and adults standing beside each other as they sang this choral masterwork. It is my hope that as singers from various generations came together in this shared experience they were able to recognize that we are all capable of learning from each other. I always hear many positive comments from participants and audience members after our “Hear the Future” concert and I hope this year many of the readers of this blog will take the opportunity to share some of their thoughts and observations about this “intergenerational” experience.
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