Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Verdi’s “Requiem”

So, while our day-times in Perth were filled with R&R, our evenings were taken up with rehearsals and then our two performances. After an initial get together with the WASO Chorus in another venue, we had our first conductor call on Tuesday night. Here we figured out where the 150 or so of us were going to be sitting and realised that the poor tenor section was well and truly outnumbered by every other voice part.

Wednesday and Thursday nights were orchestra calls, and revealed that the Perth Concert Hall has great acoustics, with all vocal parts and the orchestra clearly audible as we sang.

Before one of the performances the TSO Chorus gathered on the steps of the concert hall for a photo of the touring party,

and someone (not me … and I can’t remember who it was to give credit) took a photo of the hall as it started to fill for one of our two almost sold out performances. 

The performances went really well. Verdi’s Requiem is a dramatic work with a nice mix of contrasts for the chorus, and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved. The coincidence of a maths conference running in nearby Fremantle at the same time meant that a few of my friends were able to see the Friday night performance and I caught up with three of them afterwards for a late bite to eat. My need to catch the midnight flight after Saturday’s performance meant that I couldn’t stay for the post-concert celebrations, but at least I made my way out to the airport on a bit of a high from the adrenaline.

(I’m at the far right end of the front row in the last photo.)

We felt that the performances went well; it was nice to see this impression confirmed in a couple of good reviews that appeared in the following days (Limelight Magazine and Seesaw Mag).

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