Last night I attended a rehearsal of the choral group Exultate ( http://www.exultate.org/ )
My son-in-law, Earl Otte, sings bass in the group and he gave me an invitation as a Christmas present. This turned out to be one of the best presents I have ever received. I have always enjoyed music and choral music is my favorite and Exultate is my favorite local choral group. So, a chance to sit in on a rehearsal was almost too good to be true.
As the orchestra and chorus worked through the Mozart C minor mass, I was able to walk around and listen to the various parts of the group. The mass is written for two choirs and I stood between the two choirs and heard the details that the conductor, Tom Rossin, was working on. I was amazed at how clearly I could hear the issues after he pointed them out but I would have probably missed most of them if I had been in an audience, listening to a live performance. In the end it was perfect … I think.
Fortunately, the most dedicated dilettante is still not a professional and by the time they finished, they were absolutely perfect to my avidly interested but unprofessional ear. I may go to all three of their performances this time.