Northeast Texas Choral Society Director Carol Allen knows why people keep coming back to the group’s live performances.
“We want to go to concerts over and over again because it’s ephemeral,” said NETCS Director Carol Allen. “It’s shimmery. It’s short-lived. When we’re in the moment of it, we’re caught up and our emotions are strung out there. We have that time where we are one with the music.”
Then, reality sets in and the magic is gone.
“When we fold our program and go out the door, we are then suddenly back in the other world,” Allen explained. “So, there is this great void that begins to happen and we need to go to another concert.”
NETCS fans will have four opportunities to get their live performance fix next weekend.
“Sing to Me of Heaven” will be presented in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. The chorus will perform twice on Sunday, May 5 – a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. show.
The program includes “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” one of the highlights of Brahms’ “German Requiem.”
NETCS’ live performances give the audience a chance to experience that moment when time stands still.
Suspended moments, however, do not come automatically. The artists responsible for creating the magic must practice their craft. NETCS began in January, rehearsing each Monday evening for the upcoming concert.
“When the singers first get the music, there are all these reactions,” Allen said of the initial rehearsals. “There are these pull- backs and surge-forwards. It’s almost like feeding a baby bird or bottle feeding a little kitten, getting just the right amount of the music and the counting and the technical aspects. Taste this. This is going to grow you up.”
Seating in the sanctuary is limited. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and under and are available from any NETCS member, or visit www.netchoral.org for more information.
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