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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Seven bars of Wagner

In one of the more unusual performances I’ve ever done, the tenors and basses of the TSO Chorus rehearsed furiously to learn our words and music by heart. We also received a health and safety briefing that took several times longer than our actual performance. All of this was done in order that we could sing seven bars of ghostly chorus at the end of one of the bass solos from Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) from the technical gallery way up above the concert hall. The concert featured two very famous opera soloists in Nina Stemme and John Lundgren, doing a variety of excerpts from Wagner in concert performance but with some theatrical elements thrown in. We made our way up to the gallery in the interval, spaced out carefully around the balcony to distribute the weight evenly, and waited for our cue in the darkness, relayed from the conductor through our chorus master and a video link. Apparently it sounded good (the rest of the concert was amazing, by all accounts), although it wasn’t quite the spectacle for us up above the light and sound platforms as it was for the audience below. It was, however, a great experience … and I can now say I’ve sung Wagner with Nina Stemme and John Lundgren! (That’s the orchestra way down there, with two harps between the two light sources.)

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