Oakland Symphony Chorus

Oakland Symphony Chorus

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 14, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Te Deum 
Letter Q Salvum fac populum tuum to the end (from 00:48)

Filesize:  25.4 MB

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December 14, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Te Deum 
Letter Y to the end  (from 00:57) 
From the top (from 20:00)

Filesize:  52.84 MB

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 7, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Let Us Break Bread  (from 2:20) 
Carols starting with #55 until the end of the packet (from 11:25)
Medley (from 44:15)
Nigun #5 (from 55:50)

Filesize:  59.25 MB

Note: Unfortunately we lost the recording for the second half but the jist is to practice your carols and niguns on your own.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

November 30, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Christmas Music - Ran through whole packet really quickly.  (from 1:40) 

Filesize:  27.3 MB

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November 30, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stand! - Assigned parts, worked all the way through it, below tempo.  (from 3:40)
Medley - Ran through.  (from 24:46)
Nigun - Ran through all of them. (from 1:01:20) 


Filesize:  67.5 MB

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 16, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Break Bread Music
Medley: Lean on Me/ Everyday People/ People Make the World Go Round.  Started the session.  Note:  There are 3 new insert pages handed out tonight.

Stand!  New piece, handed out tonight, we read it through.  (at 42:48)

Soulful Hallelujah.  Ran it at the end.  (at 49:15)

Filesize:  42.8 MB

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November 16, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Break Bread music:

Soulful Hallelujah - worked all the way through it, below tempo.  (from 18:45)

Filesize:  59.3 MB

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Friday, November 4, 2016

November 2, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Break Bread Music
Started on Sure, on this Shining Night.  Then worked Brahms (at 9 min.) for the rest of the session, which ended early.

Filesize:  23.4 MB

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November 2, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Tiffany assigned seats for the evening.  This order may or may not be used in performance.  

I regret that it's impossible to remove the building alarm from the recording.

Break Bread Music
Ran both pieces to establish how we're doing.
Medley: Lean on Me/ Everyday People/ People Make the World Go Round. (at 8 minutes)
Soulful Hallelujah (at 20 minutes) Tap rhythm or use metronome while working this.
Ran two nigunim (remember the retreat?) (at 36 min.):  Oz V'hadar/Ivdu, Libi Uvesari

Nov. 12 Music
Ran the short pieces, with some work:
Gershwin (at 46 min.), Rumbamban (at 1 hr. 12 min.), Sure, on this Shining Night (at 1 hr. 21 min.).

Filesize:  76.2 MB

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 26, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1


Medley: Lean on Me/ Everyday People/ People Make the World Go Round
Handel: Hallelujah (From "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration)
  Lynne led the chorus through the medley from the rear to the front then again on a full run through of it.  We finished the session working on the Hallelujah: A Soulful Celebration.
70.4MB

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Friday, October 21, 2016

October 19, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

BarberSure on this Shining Night

Medley: Lean on Me/ Everyday People/ People Make the World Go Round
Gershwin: Love is Here to Stay
  Sure on this Shining Night was rehearsed first with subdividing then on text. A new medley arranged by Ellen Hoffman was distributed and sight-read.  Love is Here to Stay was revisited at the end.
47.3 MB

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October 19, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1


Brahms: Schicksalied

Inciarte: Rumbamban
Gershwin: Love is Here to Stay
Vocal warmups were followed by work on memorized parts and then a full run-through of Schicksalied. Rumbamban  and Love is Here to Stay were rehearsed with subdividing and then on text. 
77.9 MB

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First half

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 12, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Inciarte: Rumbamban

Barber: Sure on this Shining Night
Brahms: Song of Fate (Schicksalied)
Rehearsal covered these three pieces in the above order.
55.5MB

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Second half

October 12, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Gershwin

Love is Here to Stay: The first half was devoted entirely to the Gershwin piece.
61.8 MB

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 5, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Brahms

Lynne reviewed German pronunciation of Schicksalied verses then conducted the chorus on the text.
Filesize:  58.9 MB

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October 5, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Brahms

Rhearsed Schicksalied on neutral syllables. Tiffany made announcements.
Filesize:  63.3 MB

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First half

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 28, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Rumbamban
Went through Cuban Spanish pronunciation, courtesy of Gia White.  Text is different in different parts.  Worked the piece on text.

Gershwin (at 36 min.)
Sang the Gershwin piece, on text if you wanted to.

Barber (at 43 min.)
Sang the Barber piece twice.

Filesize:  40.2 MB

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September 28, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Gershwin
Worked all the way through the piece.

Rumbamban  (at 50 min.)
Worked through Rumbamban with emphasis on rhythm and syncopation, plus the order and placement of repeats.

Filesize:  62.2 MB

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Friday, September 23, 2016

September 21, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Brahms
Continued rehearsing Schicksalslied on neutral syllables and singing 8th notes instead of written note values.  On request Lynne repeated the sections we're supposed to memorize (m. 79 - 81 and m. 91 - 96).  Plus anything else you have trouble with.

Barber
Worked the Barber, beginning at the end and working backward, on neutral syllables.

Rumbamban
Worked first part of Rumbamban on neutral syllables. Discussion of Cuban/African music.  Listen to other Cuban music for rhythm patterns.

Filesize:  38.3 MB

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September 21, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Brahms
Rehearsed Schicksalslied on neutral syllables.

Filesize:  66.1 MB

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 14, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Bruckner
Prior to rehearsing, Tiffany gave a chorus orientation, Maya Rath, Symphony Finance Director, reviewed chorus finances and Steve Nicholis, Symphony Vice President, spoke. The chorus read 
Te Deum, on vowels only.

Filesize: 51.4 MB

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September 14, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Brahms: Schicksalied (Song of Fate)
During Open Rehearsal we did physical and vocal warmups then read the Brahms singing vowels only.

Filesize:   59.5 MB

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 7, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Brahms
Worked partly through the Schicksalslied.

Filesize: 39.3 MB

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 7, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1


Bruckner, Te Deum
After a "welcome to the new year" speech, we read through part of the Bruckner Te Deum.

Filesize:   57 MB

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First Half

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 11, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:

We ran Movements I, II, and III up to p.30.

Filesize:   41.9 MB

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May 11, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:

After warm-ups with Arnold and Lynne, we ran Movement III and then II of Symphony of Psalms.

Filesize:   79.2 MB

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First Half

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 04, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:
We Ran through the complete Symphony of Psalms then listened to the Chamber Chorus perform part of their songs for a silent movie to be shown at the Castro Theater later this month.

Filesize:  46.2 MB

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May 4, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:

After warm-ups, we made a full run of Symphony of Psalms.

Filesize:   58 MB

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First Half

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 27, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:
Worked mvt. 3 for entire session.

Filesize:  33.3 MB

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April 27, 2015 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:
Worked mvt. 2, especially the section we were supposed to memorize.  Then worked mvt. 1.

Filesize:  66.7 MB

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 20, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:
Ran the piece beginning in mvt. 1, working issues as they arise.

Filesize:  38.9 MB

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April 20, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:
Worked on mvt. 3 the entire first session.

Filesize:  63.4 MB

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April 13, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:  
Worked on mvt. 3 the rest of the rehearsal.

Filesize:  40.6 MB

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 13, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:
We ran all the way through the piece.  In the first part worked mvt. 1 and mvt. 2, working on cues for entrances.  Began working on mvt. 3 just before the break.

Filesize:  59.2 MB

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 6, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky:
MIDI and MP3 files are available on the chorus web site under Resources.
Began rehearsal in mvt. 3, rehearsal 8 - the "Laudate domino" section (p. 22).  Worked most of mvt. 3, not necessarily in order, focusing on pitch control and rhythm.  Last few minutes spent on mvt. 2, rehearsal 10, which we should memorize.

Filesize:  38.8 MB
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April 6, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky:
Lynne discussed the art of active listening in musical performance.  Worked on mvt. 3, starting on last page and working backward to earlier sections.  She encouraged all singers to use a tuner on their phones to help correct the pitch.

Filesize:  62.2 MB

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 30, 2016 - Rehearsal, part 2

Stravinsky:
Worked mvt. III, beginning rehearsal 8.  This entire session was on mvt. III, with a lot of detail on time and tempo markings.

Filesize:  43.5 MB

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March 30, 2016 - Rehearsal, part 1

Stravinsky:  
We did this rehearsal in mixed formation.  Lynne walked us through the score, looking for places where some or all the parts sing in unison; those should be marked. She also wants us to mark all the strettos ("a close succession of statements of the subject in a fugue"). Warmup included mvt. I, alto entrance, everyone singing the alto line.

Ran mvt. II, from rehearsal 5 (p.11), neutral syllables, then worked areas, through to end of movement.  At end of session, tried on text.

Filesize: 61.4 MB

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Friday, March 25, 2016

March 23, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms. We continued working on movements I and II  on "oo" with many stops.

Filesize: 32.8 MB

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Second half

March 23, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms. Arnold Lee led the chorus in vocal warmups for the first 15 minutes, then Lynne Morrow led us in singing movements I, II and III on the text or on a vowel.

Filesize: 62.9 MB

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Friday, March 11, 2016

March 09, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Lynne Morrow resumed conducting at movement 4, Offertorium p.42 to the end of the Requiem.

Filesize: 34.5 MB

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Second half

March 09, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini: Tiffany placed singers in their concert positions.  Lynne Morrow led the chorus in a run-through of the Requiem up to movement 5.

Filesize: 95.6 MB

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First half

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March 02, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini: First Arnold Lee and then Lynne Morrow commented on the first half of the rehearsal and gave many suggestions for improvements to the music.  Lynne led the chorus in p. 46-48 of the Offertorium, Movement 4.

Filesize:  48.7 MB

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Second half

March 02, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Lynne Morrow led the chorus in a full run-through of the Requiem.

Filesize:  64.5 MB

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 24, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini: With Lynne Morrow directing, we ran through Movements 1 through 4, stopping for trouble spots and ending on p. 39.

Filesize:  50.4 MB

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Second half


February 24, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1


Cherubini:  Arnold Lee conducted the first half. After vocal warmups we worked on Dies Irae p. 19 m. 130 to the end of movement 3.  We picked up at Pie Jesu, p. 53 and continued with Agnus Dei to the end.

Filesize:  79.8 MB

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

February 17, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Ran the entire piece from the beginning, with stops for work.

Filesize:  39.0 MB

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February 17, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Worked on Quam Olim Abrahae starting on p. 43 (the Piu Allegro, m. 188), followed by vocal exercises.  Then back to p. 43 again on neutral syllables and later text.  Continued to work Quam Olim Abrahae, and singing technique, for about 45 minutes.  Then worked on Offertorium, starting at m. 33, transitioning back to Quam Olim Abrahae, going back to beginning of Offertorium, etc.

Filesize:  60.0 MB

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 10, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Worked on Sanctus (p. 51), doing spoken text in rhythm as well as singing text.  Then worked Hostias (p. 46) starting on neutral syllable and then text.  Took the DS back to Quam Olim Abrahae (p. 38).

Filesize:  41.6 MB

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February 10, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Worked on Pie Jesu (p.53), then Agnus Dei (p. 55).  In both sections we worked text in rhythm and notes on a neutral syllable.

Filesize:  62.3 MB

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Friday, February 5, 2016

February 3, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Ran the entire piece (with stops for work), all the way through the second repeat of the Quam Olim Abrahae.

Filesize:  46.9 MB

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February 3, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Worked through the Agnus Dei (movement 7), then the Offertorium (movement 4), including the Quam Olim Abrahae fugue and the Hostias, but without the repeat on Quam Olim.

Filesize:  63.3 MB

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 27, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  We continued with the Offerotorium (movement 4) from page 46 (Larghetto) to the end of the movement.  We returned to "quam olim Abraham" page 38 to page 43. Next we worked on the Sanctus (movement 5) and finished with the Agnus Dei (movement 7).
Filesize:  47.3 MB

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Second half

January 27, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1


Cherubini:  . Arnold led us in vocal warmups. With Lynne we rehearsed Dies Irae (movement 3) from page 25 to the end of the movement.  We continued with the Offerotorium (movement 4) to page 46.  
Filesize:  77.1 MB

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First Half

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 20, 2016 Rehearsal - Part 2

Cherubini:  . We returned to Dies Irae (movement 3) mostly on "eh,"
then reviewed latin pronunciation of text prior to singing it.
Filesize:  51.3 MB

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Second Half

January 20, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  . Together we rehearsed  Dies Irae (movement 3) mostly on "eh."

Filesize:  80.2 MB

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First Half

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 13, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Began on page 30 at C of Dies Irae (movement 3), then worked through the Offertorium (movement 4) to page 49.

Filesize:  44.4 MB

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Second Half

January 13, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Participants of our Open Rehearsal were welcomed. Together we rehearsed  Introits (movement 1), Graduale (movement 2) and Dies Irae (movement 3).

Filesize:  74 MB

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First Half

Friday, January 8, 2016

January 6, 2016 Rehearsal - part 2

Cherubini:  Worked through the Introitus (movement 1), Graduale (movement 2, to be memorized), and Dies Irae (movement 3), which includes Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis Maledictis..  Groups A, B and C took turns singing 1, then the whole chorus sang 2 and 3.
Filesize:  50.7 MB

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Second Half

January 6, 2016 Rehearsal - part 1

Cherubini:  Announcements and vocal techniques for first 54 minutes then worked through the Introits (movement 1).

Filesize:  80.9 MB

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First Half