“Opus” Defined

“Opus” is defined as an “artistic work”. Here are some “not-as-artistic” terms that can potentially apply to our group during the course of a season…

  • A promising rehearsal has “hope-us”
  • Men’s sectional is a “bro-pus”
  • A missed or cancelled rehearsal is a “no-pus”

We have recently been impacted by a glut of unsettling events that has left us reeling in shock, helplessness, frustration, and questioning. We have witnessed Nature’s power and man’s destructive disrespect of human life. Yet in all of these tragic situations, we have been offered numerous glimpses and accounts of caring, self-sacrifice, sharing, outreach, charity, and love. It’s as if the darkness of the disaster provides the contrasting backdrop for such healing offerings to be recognized and illuminated more than when they are occurring in our day-to-day lives during more “routine” circumstances.

“Ubi Caritas” is one of our Fall pieces that echoes “Where charity and love are…” Thousands of musical works have been written through the ages with a love theme in all of its many forms. Ola Gjeilo is the gifted composer who has transformed these traditional Mass reflections into an uplifting piece that will inspire our listeners with its riveting message in song.

Our “Wintertide” concert will be a meaningful way to usher in our season of Thanksgiving and preparation for Christmas. We are grateful and appreciate your continued support. It is our hope that you enjoy being sung to as much as we enjoy singing to you.

Sheryl Frye

Decatur Choral Society President

From the Conductor

We are all connected in this world

From the conductor:

Life and death, food and drink, different faiths, family and friends, old and young, poverty and wealth, sickness and health. These are but a few of the things that connect us to each other. This concert is about how we are CONNECTED. The “theme song” says that “ I am you are me, don’t you see? There is something between us that’s greater than air.” All of the music tonight is connected. It’s as if a great puzzle is being put together as we hear each piece. We welcome the Millikin Youth Choir to our concert tonight. They connect with us in melody and harmony that is universal to all.

The major piece in our puzzle is “I Share Creation” by Bob Chilcott, a former King Singer. There are four sources for the texts: anonymous Chinese, anonymous Aztec, Chief Seattle, and anonymous Arctic Eskimo. They all share creation as they have experienced it.

Our choir is CONNECTED by talent. Two pieces feature instrumentalists from the choir: Christine Smith, oboe and John Gorecki, clarinet. “Lullaby” was composed by tenor Conrad Fassig.

So enjoy the variety in this concert. Perhaps there will be a moment, or many moments which will connect you with yourself or someone or something. And, thanks for coming tonight. Let’s stay CONNECTED!!

Milt Scott Conductor.