The Morning After

I woke up this morning and the first thought that crossed my mind was “It’s over”! The many weeks spent in preparation, rehearsal and anticipation, mixed with a healthy pinch of performance anxiety, had come to a satisfying conclusion.

Yesterday’s Choral Art Society  concert (under the direction of Martin A. Sedek) was an artistic success and, as always after my concerts, today I’ll carefully remove the music from my black folder and file the scores away for another day (for these pieces deserve to be reprieved). Concert garb will be carefully cleaned and hung in the closet, until the next ‘event’.

Today, there will be the anticlimactic drop in my spirits that usually accompanies the conclusion of a performance; but this time, because I had the privilege of being the Soprano in the Palestrina, Missa Brevis, Benedictus trio, I am particularly pleased. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to grow (as a vocalist with a passion for music) and pleased that I was able to rise to this welcomed challenge.

Tomorrow, I’ll insert, into my folder, the new pieces currently in preparation with the The Masterwork Chorus (under the direction of Chris Shepard) the music of Leonard Bernstein; quite a change from Palestrina, Monteverdi and Durufle, but reflecting genius, none the less.

It’s all good and I’m ever thankful for the gift of music, and my faithful husband (the world’s best groupie) who sits for hours in empty churches and venue parking lots and, of course, every concert in which I sing;  who, on every concert day, presents me with flowers, candy and cannolis.  This time, it was a single rose in honor of my “featured” performance.

Truly, it’s all good!

One thought on “The Morning After

  1. Anonymous

    I love this piec you wrote having heard some of the concert, and hearing how beautiful you sound, I’m sure that a let down is inevitable, but all in a good way, I so appreciate your love for beautiful music, as you have helped me love it just as much. Great job well done, love it your sister Eileen

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