Our participation in the Chorus America national conference ended this afternoon with a Community Sing for the Chorus America people and some regular folk as well. We saw some of this year's LAB Choir singers - great that they came to join in. This is a model developed by Carnegie Hall's Weill Institute to disseminate into the general population a larger understanding of and involvement in artistic process. This wasn't exactly a general population - these were SINGING people, but we hope we helped Carnegie model the idea. We started by fueling up in our conference room for the long day which started with the Sing and continues with a run up to Napa for our penultimate performance of the season tonight.
The Community Sing took place in the gym of the International School next door and was very well attended. We started out by singing Strauss' "Frolich im Maien," introduced ourselves, did a few 'technical exercises,' a mini open rehearsal so they could see the way we work, and answered some questions. We then sang Mahler's "Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen - us as the orchestra, the assembled people on the solo line. After that a big group sing of Biebl's "Ave Maria."
Meeting and greeting as many as we could before running for our cars to go to Napa. We loved having Chorus America come to San Francisco!