Category Archives: Performances

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

I’ve Never Heard Opus Sing

I have sung in the tenor section of Opus 24 for 23 years.  In all that time I have never heard Opus sing.

Now, I have heard each section sing, usually from in back or next to them.  But I have never sat facing Opus and actually heard the blend of their voices at one time.  I know that the tenors and the other sections sound wonderful, but I’ve never gotten to hear their blended harmonies as a choral sound should be heard.  

Milt Scott, our director, has heard us many times or course, from that scary place in front, with singers concentrating on his every gesture, facial expression, and nuance of body language which we are trained to study.  But usually he is a little too close to enjoy the blend of sound.  Occasionally he does walk far back to enjoy the sounds in space and distance, mixed in with the acoustic presence of our venue.  However, he is thinking about quite a few technical details so it is probably difficult to just sit back and let the sound flow over and around him.  He generally spends little time at a distance from the choir, and soon moves back to his command post.  

The irony of this is that I don’t think I could sit back and listen to Opus 24 sing to me, with the chords sounding like they are written to sound for an audience.  My ears and brain automatically and uncontrollably sort out the tenor part, and leaves the rest of the beautiful melodies and chordal fulfillment as just background sound.  In fact, if I were just listening, I’d be thinking, “I want to be singing!”  It takes a couple of years for me to not separate the tenor part from the music.  Then I am listening to a recording rather than a live performance.

The audiences are fortunate to be able to enjoy what I can’t hear.  Come and hear our blends of sound which we have put together for you at our concert November 25th, 2014.  You’ll be glad that you did!

William Horton
President
Decatur Choral Society

Can you let them know?

Opus 24 will be giving three concerts this spring. Besides our May 13 home concert at Central Christian Church, we will be singing at Danville St. James United Methodist Church on Sunday March 30th at 3:00 PM.

On Sunday, May 4th we will be singing in Elgin’s Gail Borden Library at 3:30 PM.

If you have acquaintances in these areas, perhaps you could mention our concerts and website to them. We’ll be delighted to make new friends with connections to our Opus friends from this area.

Bill Horton
President
Decatur Choral Society