Thursday, December 9, 2010
This week our rehearsals take us to Duke Chapel. We had our final rehearsal last night with the orchestra.
If you are looking for traditional Christmas carols in an amazing setting to get into the holiday spirit, this is the place to be this weekend. Choral Society of Durham is performing them along with other music for our December concert this year.
Our biggest challenge this year has been learning the french pronounciation for a few of the carols. However, being the diverse group we are,we have members who are fluent so you will be quite pleased at what you will hear.
For me personally, singing at Duke Chapel is an experience I never thought I'd have. I went to university in Illinois and happened to work for the public radio station at Western Illinois University (WIUM-FM). Aside from being a reporter, my duties included watching over the evening broadcasts of classic music. Some of the performances originated from Duke Chapel and I remembered making a note to myself that I needed to add a trip to Durham to my Goddard's list to hear music in this beautiful spot.
Fast-forward about ten years and I'm living in Durham. Not only do I get to hear music here anytime I want to, but I am fortunate enough to have made it into this fine group, and they sing in the Chapel! It seems that once a season I find myself at the brink of being overcome with emotion at how lucky I am.
I hope you will come to hear us and experience this for yourself. We have a lot of people in our audiences each year for our concerts (Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm) but we always seem to manage to get everyone in to hear us. However, to be on the safe side, try to get there about 30-45 minutes early so you can get your tickets if you don't have them already(available from CSD members or check out this link: http://choral-society.org/tickets.html)
We look forward to filling you with the Christmas spirit!