It finally came! They we have been working so hard for the past couple of weeks! Our first concert of our trip!
We spent the morning have our final dress rehearsal. We got to listen to the full orchestra play the Mendelssohn piece for the first time. It was absolutely beautiful and made us even more excited to sing the Bach cantata with them. It was a pretty straight forward rehearsal that was over and done with early enough for us to have extra time before lunch.
After lunch (and a little more free time) we loaded onto the bus to go to the theatre. We did our sound check as soon as we got there, starting with the Mendelssohn. Since we aren’t a part of that piece, we got to sit in the auditorium and listen. And to that I say, wow. I’ve never heard a better sounding theatre and the orchestra was superb.
We then went up to sound check the Bach. Because of this concert being super formal, I got to sit in front of the orchestra with the soloists and listen from the front. This was such a unique experience for me that I feel so blessed to have been able to do. There were a few technical and sound difficulties but they were figured out quickly enough and then we were off to finish getting ready.
The rest of the night was a whirlwind for me. To be honest, besides knowing what to sing, I had no clue what I was doing. But I put on my dress and (trying my hardest not to be awkward) I went out on stage. I followed people’s leads, pretended I had done this a million times, sang my part, and then I was done! It was so much fun and I was really happy with it. The soloists got to bow several times and then we all exited while the orchestra played. We then all came back on at the end for the encore, which was a rendition of Amazing Grace. The soloists then came back down and bowed again, walked off stage, came back on, walked off again, and then walked back on one finally time to receive roses and continue getting applause. The orchestra and choir were also recognized and it ended with a standing ovation.
While the applause was fun and encouraging, the best part of the concert was being able to use my talents to glorify Christ. I would not have been able to do this without the gifts God has given me. And I was very fortunate to have a very supportive group around me who constantly encouraged me and lifted me up. I would not have gotten through this as easily as I did if it wasn’t for their constant support. Thank you chorale.
Pray that our concert leaves a lasting effect on the people who came and that we continue to use it as an opportunity to worship God. It is an opportunity we are most thankful for.