On Martin Luther King day we were in rehearsal, as was LAB CHOIR 3, so we got to pay them a visit at lunchtime. We truly admire the dedication of these 22 young singers ( 11 of them veterans of LAB CHOIR 2,) who rehearsed with Ben Johns every day this past weekend. Yesterday they were working on Schutz' "Selig sind die toten" and Michael McGlynn's "An Oiche." Their first performances will be on February 24. We look forward to sharing the bill with them at our March l8 Gala.
The LAB Choir is indeed a laboratory for all kinds of things - improving techniques, learning new music, sharing progress with other students through in-school performances. It was Ben who discovered that LAB are also the initials of Chanticleer's founder Louis A. Botto - a happy coincidence because this was something Louis always had in mind for us.
We are brushing up our program for our forthcoming tour, as well as digging into the new music on our next Bay Area program "The Boy Whose Father was God." Really exciting new things by Roxanna Panufnik - a scena which will surprise you about the childhood of Jesus, a very dramatic soundscape by Peter Michaelides about the death of Jesus, and a setting of the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic by Ilyas Iliya. These along with music by Part, Gorecki, Kodaly, Moody - all new to our repertoire. We hope all of you in the Bay Area will come see it March 26-April l.