It is December 29 and I am playing catch-up in the office. I really meant to take a long winter nap after the marathon of 15 Encore Chorale concerts, but there is so much to be done before we start our spring semester January 11. Sleep can wait until I am very old! Too much to accomplish for Encore.
I thought the Encore Holiday Concerts were fabulous! The singing was excellent, the singers watched and had a great time performing, the audience loved the repertoire, the guest artists Heather Haughn and Edna Huang were perfect and the audience loved everything about the concerts. By the time we got to the Kennedy Center concert, the singers were so confident. The hardest thing was the seating! But we got all 230 of you in there and you were magnificent! Jeff Dokken, Deb Intveldt and I loved every note you sang and many thanks to Nick Intvelt, our splendid accompanist. And to my daughter Heather, your violin playing was so beautiful. What an honor to share the stage with you all!
Now it is on to spring. I pick up the remaining music tomorrow and then Jen and Sandi and I put together 970 packets of music. When our Encore singers perform those fabulous concerts, we get lots of calls. So we expect spring growth. Our singers make it happen and it is very exciting. It will be fun to sing Hoagy Carmichael, Rogers and Hart and Guys and Dolls. The ENCORE ROCKS DC will be singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Burnin Love, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Stairway to Heaven, Rock Around the Clock, Sh-Boom, and We Love the 50’s. Something for everyone. We just keep getting better and better.
I am really looking forward to our new location for the Capital Encore Chorale. 10th and G! You would not know it was the First Congregational Church. It looks like an office building. The space is fantastic. Towering ceilings in the sanctuary. Gorgeous piano! And the ENCORE ROCKS DC will rehearse upstairs in the community room which holds 130. Encore was just gifted an incredible Baldwin L grand piano which we have placed in the community room. So we have fantastic space, excellent singers, two magnificent pianos and one great partner in the First Congregational UCC at 10th and G! Perfection!!!!
On January 25, our new Executive Director Mary Spencer comes on board. She already has displayed a huge passion for Encore and our mission. She attended three holiday concerts and loved them all. Encore has a mighty staff, conductors and singers. The sky is the limit!
On the funny side……..I had a massage yesterday and she said after about 10 minutes: What do you do for a living? You have a lot muscle stuff going on! I laughed and said “if you waved your arms around for hours, played as much piano as I do, did crazy stuff to get all those singers to smile, and have a total blast, you too would have 'stuff going on,' too!” But it is all worth it. Completely!