Our conductor, Yuri Klaz, was so full of passion it was oozing out all over the place. He did an excellent job at weaving the orchestra, soloists and choir together to tell this very dramatic story. The venue, was a cathedral, so it offered the audience a much more intimate feeling than had it been performed in a concert hall. I think this led to the excitement in the air. As choristers, we could also see the faces of the audience and they fed so much emotion back to us that one could not help but get into the character we were to be playing at any given time. Yuri Hooker's solo cello line in the "It is enough" bass solo, was so beautiful that I wished I were in the audience and could allow myself to be swallowed up in it instead of having to remain somewhat alert for performance.
A memorable line from our conductor at our last minute rehearsal was, "Altos, you are watching me and yet you are behind the sopranos." To myself I thought, "Well, obviously the sopranos must be ahead of your beat." I of course, said nothing, and feeling duly chastised I tried to remember to push the tempo throughout performance and I think all went well.