bigmacbear: Me in a white dinner jacket, no shirt, gold chains around my neck, in front of the RGMC (disco)
I'm not sure if I posted much about this at the time of the event, but something [livejournal.com profile] danlmarmot mentioned about his trip to Montreal, combined with some difficulties individual SMC members are having with memorization of foreign languages for our upcoming concert, reminded me of this story.

For the GALA VIIe event in Montreal in 2004, I was planning to set a smattering of "menu French" (soup du jour, boeuf Robespierre, etc.) to a possibly recognizable tune, after the fashion of "Insalata Italiana" with Italian musical directions. [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear suggested instead that I set all of the names of the Metro stops to music. So with the help of Dennis, the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus' composer-in-residence, and Steve, a teacher of French and Spanish in the chorus (who, incidentally, resembles Stephen Harper, only younger and cuter), we set all the Metro stops to the "Soldiers' Chorus" from Faust by Gounod.

Steve pointed out that Papineau (the namesake of the Metro stop closest to the heart of the gay village along Boul. Ste-Catherine) was a major military figure in the early history of Quebec, and as such is even today a revered name among Quebecers. So we made sure to repeat "Papineau" a few times, usually in the combination "Beaudry, Papineau, Henri-Bourassa".

Handy household hints for singers of foreign languages... )

By the way, SMC is presenting "Unplugged" this evening at 7:30 PM at McIntyre Hall, on the campus of Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WA. We won't have our special guests m-pact with us but it should be a fun show nevertheless.
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This should be very interesting.

Tonight's class... )

Early on in this course I thought of [livejournal.com profile] redcub and wish he were here to take advantage of this. It should be a fun few weeks. I also wonder if any of the schools around here have something similar for aspiring screenwriters?
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Tuesday, July 20


In which RGMC performs and we get to meet a lot of people including some more LJ'ers.
Read more... )
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Here is a link to my first post in [livejournal.com profile] artistsonlj, regarding my debut performance as a composer last Saturday. Enjoy! ;-)
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Just a couple of notes from our rehearsals, both last weekend's extravaganza at Camp Stella Maris (for some reason I tend to focus in on the "Stella" part and end up doing a strangled imitation of Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski: "STELLA!!!!"), and this evening's rehearsal.

First off, over the weekend we were rehearsing "They Live In You" (which we are singing as part of a medley from The Lion King). I remarked to Chris ([livejournal.com profile] jockbearwny), "Who or what are we supposed to be singing about? Parasites?" ;-)

Of course, I got my comeuppance when Chris and a few other chorines came back with a remark about my song "I Am With You Always" as being about the Stalker From Beyond the Grave. My original vision was a lover comforting his partner at his impending demise, and I later realized the sentiment is also suitable for liturgical use on or around Ascension Thursday ("Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." -- Matt. 28:20). However, I sort of anticipated this, even adding "whenever you are willing" to the text (although that undermines its liturgical aspect a bit). Still, I took it in good humor and had a laugh at my own expense.

Finally, this evening Nick (our conductor) pointed out that the word "remember" (which occurs in my song as well) is properly pronounced "ruh-MEM-ber" and not "REE-MEM-ber". It occurred to me that the latter pronunciation could be applied to renewing one's membership in a club, or what the surgeons did to John Bobbitt after that unfortunate incident with his wife. ;-)

Ah well, time to pack up for Trawna tomorrow. See y'all soon.
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Folks, mark your calendars now...

The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus has just embarked on its June concert cycle with tonight's rehearsal. It just occurred to me during rehearsal that we will be performing three World Premiere pieces this concert cycle:
  • I Am With You Always, words and music by yours truly;
  • We Are The Song, words by [livejournal.com profile] redcub, music by Dennis Rosenbaum;
  • Choeur du Métro de Montréal, words adapted by Steven Farrington, myself, and Dennis Rosenbaum (music by Charles Gounod, the "Soldier's Chorus" from Faust).


The performance will begin at 8 PM on Saturday, June 19 at the Hochstein School of Music, North Plymouth Avenue at Church Street, Rochester, New York.

Yay us! ;-)
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
We had an RGMC Music Selection Committee meeting this afternoon, at which I presented a piece of music I wrote, I Am With You Always, which I have been working on, off and on, since September of 1998. I got some helpful comments on some final revisions for performance, but most importantly, our Musical Director, Nick Williams, is pretty strongly considering it for our June 19th performance and even, perhaps, for performance at GALA Choruses' Festival VIIe in Montreal. That would be so cool, words fail me at the moment.

I do need to set aside a chunk of time for those final revisions, and I have a couple days off next week (my birthday and the day before it) so I will be doing some rewriting and final polishing then.

Not bad for an amateur composer without a music degree, huh? ;-)

Keeping my fingers crossed...

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