I really do understand how difficult it is to choose a favorite piece which Opus 24 performed at our 2015 spring concert. There have been times when people’s choices have surprised me, but not for this concert. I enjoyed singing each song, and each one had its special moments. At one time or another, parts of all of them would swirl around in my brain during the semester.
The concert’s theme piece, My Song in the Night has such a beautiful melodic flow, and brings up our feelings of contentment. Several singers remember singing this in the past for beloved choir directors, such as in my case, Millikin’s Richard Hoffland and Milt Scott. The British choral pieces were a challenge and delight to sing, with their folk imagery and, of course, the gift from the accompanying wind quartet. “Sicut Servus” brought some of the very best of our early choral heritage. So it will be safe to say that I always looked forward to starting our next piece, and felt joy at each piece’s last note.
But my favorite? It was Gjeilo’s Evening Prayer. The incredible talent of Claire Taylor, who accompanied Opus on the saxophone, always left me wishing that we could sing it again. At each Opus concert I frequently feel this way. How fortunate we are for such marvelous choral creations. Thank, you, our patrons and audience, for being there to hear and support our performances!
Decatur Choral Society