Diversity

Opus 24’s singers are quite an assortment of folks. We come from many walks of life. While I don’t know all the work experiences that my friends have engaged in, I do know that we have people who have worked in education, medicine, the ministry, business, homemaking, banking, agriculture, environment, safety, public service, manufacturing, the arts, the military, engineering, law, and sales.

At this writing Opus members have attended 27 schools, colleges, and universities. About 37% of us have attended Millikin, and several Opus members have work and volunteer experiences there.

Recently our group has told our director of communications that they are affiliated with 24 area churches, and many of us sing in those choirs and have church leadership responsibilities.

How fortunate we are to have such a diverse group of women and men who can offer so much to Opus and the Decatur Choral Society! If you like to plan ahead, be sure to put our next concert date in your calendar. We sing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:30 PM. We look forward to singing for you, and visiting with you after the performance. There will be more information about the concert and its location on this website in the next couple of months. See you soon!

Bill Horton
President
Decatur Choral Society

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, ETC.

Here I go again, wondering what was your favorite piece that Opus 24 sang in our 2014 Fall concert. I always ask concert goers this question as we discuss the performance. I know it is a tough decision for most, and usually the answer ends up something like, “Well, I really liked ‘X’, but I also liked ‘Y’, and also ‘Z’. That is really a complement to the variety of music we sing, and to the diversity of taste our listeners have for good choral music!

I also reflect on what was my favorite piece. By the time we perform it, I’ve already chosen the ones that I liked the best, since we have rehearsed each one many times. This concert was just a bit different for reflection, since we sang Vivaldi’s Gloria. The truth be told, when we were instructed to get this oratorio out, someone, or some section, would be inspired to break out in Van Morrison’s song Gloria, usually spelling the name correctly.

I would have to say that my favorite was Todd’s My Lord Has Come with its fascinating chord structures and simple nativity reflections. I also especially enjoyed our last song. Dan Forrest’s The Work of Christmas is a beautiful piece, with its simple and haunting melody created for Howard Thurman’s poetic message reminding listeners of what the Christmas season must really tell us. It is a quiet, thoughtful piece to send us out to fulfill our responsibilities towards others.

Do you like to plan ahead? Remember to note in your calendars that our next concert will be on May 12, 2015. We will enjoy sharing our music with you. And Merry Christmas to you all, and a good New Year!

Bill Horton
President
Decatur Choral Society

A Question

Get ready for our first question to you after our fall concert. Many of us will want to know which music selection was your favorite? Remember to bring a pen to jot down notes on your program for reference when we ask you.

This is a tough year to pick a favorite. You may think of Vivaldi’s Gloria as having nine choruses. There are several of these that are swirling around my brain throughout the week. (See my article “Earworms” which is also found on this website.) Gloria also has a duet written for angels and three solos, all sung by members of Opus 24.

We will have three selections sung by our recipients of the Decatur Choral Society’s voice lesson scholarships. We are looking forward to hearing this generation of future musicians. You will also enjoy listening to our accompanist, Beth Creighton, play a piece for us and later play with the string quartet with Dr. Bruce Gibbons playing a duel piano part in a very dramatic arrangement of Angels from the Realms of Glory. The Heritage quartet will accompany Opus as well as play some selections of their own.

This concert is going to be a special one with a nice variety of music, and is just right for starting our Christmas season. Please join us on November 25, 2014. We look forward to seeing you, and — what will be your favorite piece?

Bill Horton
President
Decatur Choral Society