Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang and is on a high! The performance went well, it was majestic, and emotional. The orchestra was superb.
I am so grateful that in 2011, when so many local Mennonite churches no longer have a choir, our choir can continue to perform these wonderful works. The Lobgesang, being new to all of us in the choir, was a risky and unconventional choice for Good Friday but we did it justice.
There were some dramatics leading up to Good Friday's performance. On Wednesday the soprano soloist called our conductor, Yuri Klaz (pictured above), to say she had no voice. Hmm , what to do? Yuri calls our de facto General Manager, but who in fact is a very dedicated volunteer who pulls these concerts together with rarely any recognition, (and her name is INGRID.)who manages to fly in a gifted soprano from Montreal who has ties to our congregation, Ellen Wieser who does an admirable job of rescuing us at this late hour.
Our conductor was visibly emotional at the post-concert reception and was grateful to the choir for the concert's success. The post-concert high continues.