One way to get out of the slump is to relive the recent choral experience by writing about it.
VERDI REQUIEM -a choral highlight was performed in March 2019 with the CMU Festival Chorus and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir conducted by Daniel Raiskin. I had earlier worked with Raiskin, notice how I can say that even though he is oblivious to my existence? I continue to be intrigued by the individual chorister's knowledge of the work personality of a conductor while he/she remains ignorant of the individual chorister and sees only this large mass of singers. So back to Raiskin. I was looking forward to working with him again because I had rehearsed and performed the Messiah with him in December and found him to be an excellent conductor for choirs! This was a surprise because many orchestral conductors are not so. Raiskin has a very clear beat combined with passion and the occasional jumping jack from the podium.
The venue, however, was not ideal and although the chorus was large we had to be slightly "miked". This is not the best and some audience members did complain about the rather tinny sound in some parts. This is because the Centennial Concert Hall is still without it's acoustic shell. This is a travesty!
Now that it is over I must look ahead and see what is on the choral horizon for me. I certainly will be joining the incomparable Jane Glover in presenting Messiah in December 2019 and I am crossing my fingers to receive an invitation to sing the Berlioz Messe Solennelle. A work I have never sung nor heard until just now when I used it as my soundtrack to write this blog post. Fingers crossed that next year at this time I will be performing it! It's on the WSO listing for April 24, 25, 2020!