The first Orchestra Rehearsal for the Bach's St. John went down like this:
1. Maestra Glover was exacting with the orchestra, as she had been with us the night before. To the violas, "Just because my back is turned to you doesn't mean I can't hear you." Having the 1st violin section play 8 or so bars over and over until everyone in the section got it. Those satisfying things that make such a difference between a "so, so" performance and a stellar one.
2. The "Wohins" in movement 24 went as badly as I had expected. For one thing the three of us altos are all alone at one end of the stage with the cellos and double basses while the 3 tenors (no not those 3 tenors) and 3 sopranos are at the other end with the first violins. I cannot hear the other 6 at all. The fact that I am an AMATEUR singer is coming out quite clearly. It shows in that: a) -when I am not hearing the other two voices in the chord I have trouble fitting in my note. b)my internal organs convulse when the Great Glover says, "alright then let's do No. 24".
She was not too impressed with our Nonet and made it clear to us that we would have to work on intonation. "We will rehearse it one more time now, and this is just because of you, I really don't have this kind of time to keep working this thing."
My rehearsal conductor was somewhat reassuring in the post mortem saying, "It was good, I mean I didn't hear that the intervals were there, but you came in on time and who cares about the notes."
I cannot help but wonder, if I have this much internal organ trouble without an audience in the house, will I need CPR on Saturday night?