Here I go again, wondering what was your favorite piece that Opus 24 sang in our 2014 Fall concert. I always ask concert goers this question as we discuss the performance. I know it is a tough decision for most, and usually the answer ends up something like, “Well, I really liked ‘X’, but I also liked ‘Y’, and also ‘Z’. That is really a complement to the variety of music we sing, and to the diversity of taste our listeners have for good choral music!

I also reflect on what was my favorite piece. By the time we perform it, I’ve already chosen the ones that I liked the best, since we have rehearsed each one many times. This concert was just a bit different for reflection, since we sang Vivaldi’s Gloria. The truth be told, when we were instructed to get this oratorio out, someone, or some section, would be inspired to break out in Van Morrison’s song Gloria, usually spelling the name correctly.

I would have to say that my favorite was Todd’s My Lord Has Come with its fascinating chord structures and simple nativity reflections. I also especially enjoyed our last song. Dan Forrest’s The Work of Christmas is a beautiful piece, with its simple and haunting melody created for Howard Thurman’s poetic message reminding listeners of what the Christmas season must really tell us. It is a quiet, thoughtful piece to send us out to fulfill our responsibilities towards others.

Do you like to plan ahead? Remember to note in your calendars that our next concert will be on May 12, 2015. We will enjoy sharing our music with you. And Merry Christmas to you all, and a good New Year!

Bill Horton
Decatur Choral Society