Do you like family reunions? I do! To spend time with friends who have meant a lot to me in my life and to spend time with new members of the family is what I look forward to every so often. This is what this concert is all about, but on two different levels.
First, this is our 25th anniversary concert. You will see and hear singers from the past quarter century of Opus 24. Take time to greet them and reacquaint yourself with each person. The second level is our music. I have chosen to perform pieces that the choir has performed throughout its history. April Is in My Mistress’ Face was performed on our first concert in 1992 at St. John’s Episcopal Church for a huge crowd of around 150! Our newest member of the musical family is Sing On!, commissioned by the Decatur Choral Society for this season. The composer, Randall Reyman, is professor of trumpet at Millikin University. We are delighted to premier his work on our concert.
We conclude the program with The Dream Isaiah Saw by Glenn Rudolph.
It is a powerful statement of creating the world we need, especially after recent history-making events of terrorism and bravery. It is my sincere hope that you, our faithful audience, will become level three in our family, and that Opus 24 will remain an integral part of your life, as it is mine.
Milt Scott, Conductor