From Dr. Whitmire

July 16th, 2010

Dear Singers-

I trust that you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I am just pack from France where 20 members of NCC joined my church choir for five performances, culminating at Notre Dame last Sunday. It was a wonderful trip.

Now I am on to the Fall and I know there are eager-beavers among you who want to get ready. As you know, we are singing Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. We’ll be doing Judas twice with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (Dec. 5, 12), and well as at the Holiday Concert (Dec. 9) in Schlesinger. I am really excited about the music, and it’s a wonderful Hanukah piece.

We are using the Kalmus edition of Judas Maccabaeus. It will be in the campus bookstore ($24.99). As always, I will provide rehearsals CDs ($10.00). In the meanwhile,

-There is a pdf of Judas Maccabaeus here.

-Rehearsal tracks of Judas Maccabaeus are here.

Here are the selections we will be performing

The Planets by Gustav Holst

As you know, women of the chorus have been invited to sing “Neptune” in The Planets by Gustav Holst for two concerts (Oct. 17, 24 at 3:00 pm) with the WMPO. Rehearsals for The Planets will take place on Saturdays 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 from 2 until 3 pm. The Dress Rehearsal with orchestra will be Oct.10 at 6 pm. I hope that as many women as possible will plan to sing this exciting piece.

I look forward to seeing you at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, August 24. In the meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer.

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