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Earworms…

Another Opus season is drawing to a close. Many good memories and the occasional “earworm” linger. Can you relate? “Earworms”?!?!?

Earworms (from the German “ohrwurm”) are those songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind after it is no longer being sung or played. They’re also known as sticky music, stuck song syndrome, and the more scientific, Involuntary Musical Imagery. Statistically, 98% of us experience earworms, with men and women equally affected, but a tendency to last longer and become more distracting for women. (Seriously?!?!) Songs with lyrics account for about 74% of earworms whereas instrumental music approximately 8%. They are most common in people with an interest in music. Interestingly, earworms have been the plot line or theme of stories, novels, TV and cartoon episodes, and music.

I can only imagine that the majority of our concert attendees, supporters, and Opus members have experienced this phenomenon at one time or another.  Another likely connection, but an unlikely conversation starter. Perhaps we should promote a more pleasant term…

Many thanks to all who participate and support choral music in our community! Looking forward to the 2018-19 Opus season!

Sheryl Frye

President, Decatur Choral Society

Do you remember that overdone tune with four chords, often played at parties to show off your lack of piano skills? The tune….Heart and Soul. Hopefully, we have all progressed musically beyond those past experiences. This concert is the grownup version of what those words mean. Opus 24 combines with the Heart and Soul Choir from Central Christian Church in a concert that is truly a blending of the hearts and souls of this community. Draw the Circle Wide, African Benediction and This Little Light of Mine will bring these two ensembles together, both musically and emotionally.

Joining us are some of the area’s finest musicians. Strings, percussion, piano and Celtic pipe all add to the wonderful ambiance of this program. As the conductor of this concert, I strive to emulate the mission of choral music: all people, regardless of social stature, intelligence, age or physical or mental well-being should have (and deserve) the opportunity to bare their heart and soul through music. Please enjoy this opportunity to be blessed by what you not only hear, but what you receive from the hearts and souls of all the participants.

Milt Scott, Conductor

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.