FROM THE PODIUM
2 more Rehearsals until the Dress
Happy Thanksgiving and welcome back after a 2 week break for turkey day!! It was great to see you last night and to make music with you. It seemed to take us a short while to get started with the right mindset---but when we did, we rehearsed well and certainly made progress. This show is a quick turnaround as we are all aware, so each time through a tune needs to be affective. Your prep outside of rehearsal on tougher passages is even more important.
‘Tis is also the season for colds and such. Please stay healthy and please don’t bring any of illness into rehearsal!! Please take care of your health and as we get closer to the concert, this becomes even more important!!
NEXT REHEARSAL (Order TBD)
A tentative agenda for next week is:
--Home Alone---tempo in the ¾ section---perc gotta push the pulse in this section. We will be adding clarinet and flute to cover for keyboard instruments that we don’t have.
--Jubilant---Beginning to 148 (at least that much if not all of it) From a balance standpoint—remember that the fast note runs are not the melody. All of us need to make sure the articulation is crisp and bouncy during the faster sections of the piece. How much music—cresc and decresc can we make out of this??!!
--Christmas Party—review it and make sure tempos are not slowing down
--Sing Along/Santa Claus is coming to town—making sure the sequence between the sing along and SC is solid
--Adestes—solidifying the phrasing in the brass and woodwind choir features in the beginning 2/3’s of the tune
--We Need a Little Christmas—review it
--Do You Hear What I Hear--making sure we are all solid on the “ending”
--O Holy Night—clarity on the ending
Tuesday December 6
Tuesday December 13
DRESS REHEARSAL THURSDAY DECEMBER 15 (at the church—regular time.)
Tuesday December 20---SHOW!!!
LINKS TO SOME OF OUR UPCOMING MUSIC
Please take a listen to these recordings to help you better understand and prepare your part.
Home Alone Christmas
https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481724 Notice the way the 3/4 section has so much drive---it ihas a trans-siberian orchestra kind of vibe to it.
A Jubilant Overture
Notice the consistency of articulation from beginning to end on this recording.
FUN TO WATCH
Here is the 2012 Cadets DCI Corps performing their show called 12.25 Ever seen a Christmas themed field show? One of my all-time faves!! Watch the drill moves at the very end!!
LIKELY DECEMBER 20 CONCERT ORDER
We Need a Little Christmas (Tracy and Colin)
The House That I live In (Tracy and Colin)
O Holy Night (Colin)
Home Alone Christmas
Christmas Sing Along/Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Tracy and Colin)
Do You Hear What I Hear (Tracy)
A Jubilant Overture
Adestes Fideles (Tracy and Colin)
Freedom (Tracy and Colin)
DECEMBER 20 CONCERT TICKETS AND SUCH
We hope to have tickets for you at next weeks rehearsal. There has been a very strong number of requested tickets in circulation now and this should only go up from here. It is strongly recommended that you get your family and friends tickets as soon as they are available.
POPS BAND PARTY
Many thanks to Anne Coldiron (Clarinet) for agreeing to host the traditional Richmond Pops Band Christmas Party on Sunday December 18!! Please attend if you possibly can and RSVP as per the invitation. All significant others are always welcome!! Looking forward to some fun social time for the Pops family!!
POPS MEMBERS SHOUTOUTS
A shoutout to Paul Rozecki (alto saxophone) for his annual work with the Macy’s All American Marching Band at the recent Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Also congratulations to Pops members Brad Butterfield (clarinet), Tom Baise (bassoon), Beth Barker (bassoon), Brianna Kurtz (trumpet), Jack Price (trumpet) and Erik Stigall (trombone) for your recent performance with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra according to the concert program. It is great to see Pops members doing such great things!!
As always, thanks again for making the Richmond Pops a part of your Tuesday night!!!