It is Monday, May 24 and I still have a huge smile on my face! Encore's ten concerts are completed and they were simply fantastic. They just kept getting better. And somehow I kept having more energy to plead "WATCH ME" over and over. And it worked!
By Friday evening at our Washington-Lee concert, the singers were staring at me and the sound was so exciting. The Washington-Lee auditorium has great acoustics and we really sounded fabulous and huge. I was so pleased. We had over 170 singers.
The hardest part of the evening is to get us lined up and seated to get the best sound. Then I just allow the music to happen, still shouting "watch me" as we rehearse. But I really say "watch me" throughout the entire concert!
I am always nervous that we will not have an audience. Well, I certainly never had to worry about that for any of the concerts. Lorton Workhouse Arts Center could have had a few more folks but we sure did have fun singing the concert - even in the sizzling heat.
And Thursday evening at Anne Arundel Community College Pascal Center for the Arts, we had an almost full house. That was our first concert in Annapolis and I really didn't know if we would have an audience. But we had a large and enthusiastic audience. The Maryland Encore Chorales were presented that evening and they were wonderful. And they watched! Joining us for that performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet and they were great. Fabulous evening!
The Goodwin House concerts are always packed! They are going to have to build a larger auditorium just for Encore! We always have a great time doing those concerts.
We had a full house for our Schweinhaut concert also. The Schweinhuat singers really sang a great solo concert........all by themselves.
And our audience at St. Stephen's Methodist Church was large and very appreciative. We had a ball up there.
So now I am trying to catch up and get some rest. Relaxation just doesn't come easily for me. Retirement is not going to be in my repertoire I am afraid. I woke up on Sunday with absolutely nothing on the calendar and I was in a bit of a panic. Nothing to do! So I dug in my garden.
Today I am catching up on camp registrations, trying to find a really good Encore dance teacher to replace Tiffany Haughn (my daughter) who is expecting our first grandchild on Halloween, writing thank you notes to the chorales, blogs, web articles, answering many emails, and desperately trying to get the music we just rehearsed for 15 weeks and performed in ten concerts out of my head - which my husband Larry is not helping with - now if only I could get him to stop singing that music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!