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
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.
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?
Decatur Choral Society