One aspect of this semester that I will miss: UCD Philharmonic Choir.  I loved it!  And a special thanks to those of you who came out to the concert.  It made my day to see you there.

Oh, and not to mention any specific name as though somebody’s been asking, but yes, Conrad, Jennifer and I both enjoyed being in the choir. 😛  Sadly, though, Jenn dropped out before the concert.  Mixed feelings there… she had absolutely wonderful reasons for dropping out (i.e., it required just a bit more than she and IT were able to give), but it was also too bad she wasn’t feeling well.  This all is a far cry from those happy golden years of going to MMC rehearsals–ok, that just made me a wee bit homesick.

UCD Philharmonic Choir has a most fascinating conductor.  For posterity, I must record a few of his interesting comments.  Not only did he do a superb job of conducting us all, he also taught me a bit of the current terminology.  Apparently here the term “crazy” can be highly complimentary (similar to Canadians calling something cool).  We were rehearsing a piece by a Finnish composer, and Mr. Kehoe appreciated a particular run.  “The Finns are crazy people, and this is a moment of pure craziness.”  When we eventually got it right, Tom was tickled pink.  “Savage!  That was mad.”

Our dress rehearsal was held in the concert venue, a massive cathedral that had a delightful way of making echoes sound magical.  Mr. Kehoe commented, “One of our key moments will be holding the last chord just a little longer than the audience expects.”

This caused a bit of muttering behind me; not everybody liked the idea of prolonging the last note.  “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”  “Yeah, nobody expects half the choir to pass out, either.”

(Not that the first comment had much of anything to do with the issue at hand, but long live Irish witticism!  How can you not love it?)

Poor conductor.  He probably wondered why one of his tenors seemed to giggle a lot right about then.

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P.S. Just to make you drool (Phil, this is for you), Mr. Kehoe has his master’s in something or the other musical, and just started his doctorate in choral conducting.  We performed Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, and it was obvious that Mr. Kehoe is earning his degree.  His interpretation was wonderful!

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