Performance - March, 2004 • Chism Hall, Whitman College
Guest Conductor - Paul Dennis
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|Concert Notes from Guest Conductor Paul Dennis
From the mists of the Scottish highlands, to Paris, to the California Gold Rush, to the days of chivalric heraldry, and then to the late 19th-century streets of Londonall in one afternoon! That's the amazing musical journey undertaken during the third concert of the 2003-2004 Walla Walla Choral Society season! It was a magical afternoon of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's most delightful Broadway show tunes! What a treat and privilege it was for me to work with the members of the Walla Walla Choral Society to prepare this "Lerner and Loewe Afternoon." Little did I realize when Christine asked if I would be interested in conducting the Choral Society's annual pops concert for 2004 that I was in for such a rewarding and fun music-making experience! I was thrilled by how hard the choristers worked and by how much they were like sponges ready to soak up every bit of music they could experience. Each rehearsal was more exciting than the last, as we worked to prepare what turned out to be quite challenging arrangements of Lerner and Loewe's smash Broadway hits, "Brigadoon," "My Fair Lady;" and "Camelot." Just as I thought the chorus was working to their maximum effort, almost two dozen members showed up to audition for one of the many solos featured on the program! How exciting to see that, for these singers, music is indeed a life-long labor of love!