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Dinner is Served

As a thank you to the orchestra for all of their hard work, we put on a dinner for them before the concert.

Orchestra Dinner

I had some incredible people working to make it as special as possible – spending hours planning food, decorations, baking, and cleaning.

Some incredible helpers!

We decided to do the theme “Classic Music” and I was so impressed with some of the brilliant ideas the had for the decorations!

The Decorations

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The Decorations

I am so grateful to their help and the amazing job they did to make the night truly special and the orchestra feel appreciated!

Enjoying Dinner

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Ich spreche nur Deutsch

During the concert, I saw a precious little girl who was absolutely enamored with the story of The Light Princess.  It was so much fun  while I narrated watching her face as she was completely taken with the story.

Meeting After the Concert

After the concert, I had the opportunity to meet her and I was surprised to learn that she had just arrived from Germany and didn’t understand any English!  But even with a language barrier, she had been so taken with the music and the paintings that it almost didn’t matter that she couldn’t understand the words.

Written for You

One of the greatest privileges of being a composer is being able to write music for people I know.  During the process of writing the concert, instead of just picturing sounds as I wrote the music, I also pictured the people I was writing for.

The Amazing Brass Section

Having been a part of the Grace Baptist Orchestra family for several years now, I had the opportunity to get to know the other members of the orchestra and learn what they enjoyed playing and the things that they didn’t.

The Mighty Violas  Stan playing Trumpet

It made it so much more meaningful as I wrote solos or melodic passages to try to write lines that I knew that those particular people would enjoy – and so much more exciting when they nailed those passages!

The Mighty String Section

A Blast from the Past

One of the most special moments during the concert was hearing The Awakening being played again.  This piece is especially meaningful to me as it was the first song I ever wrote on paper now almost six years ago.  Tenor James Phillipps, who had originally recorded the piece with the orchestra, came back six years later to perform the piece during the concert.

James Phillipps singing The Awakening

This song still remains one of my most famous pieces as it really was the piece that helped me decide that I could actually be a composer (I was going to be a kindergarten teacher!)  James did a fabulous job with the solo and the song really took on a life of its own!

Here’s the original recording from six years ago.

I’m still amazed at what an amazing journey this has been and thankful for everyone who has taken part in making it all possible.

A Royal Invitation

This has to be one of the most thoughtful and fun responses I have received from the concerts!

Royal Decree

I am so very blessed to have had the help of so many incredible people to make it all happen!  Looking forward to the next big project!

Here’s a Glimpse into the Concert

Ahoy!

This here be the opening number for the Tunes, Tales, and Truths concert last week. It’s called Pirate Legends performed by our own Symphony Praise Orchestra.

I’m hoping to get some better quality audio and video to share in the future, but for now I wanted to give you a glimpse of the musical style and audience response at the concert.  Enjoy!

Bringing The Light Princess to Life!

Here are a few more pictures from the concert. Enjoy!

Tunes, Tales, & Truths

Amy Mack Narrating The Light Princess

By the way, if you missed seeing The Light Princess or would like to see it again, please come to my senior recital at The Master’s College Music Department this Friday at 6:00pm.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

A Favor

Last night was truly a magical evening as I was able to see a concert that was four years in the making become a reality!

Tunes, Tales, and Truths Family Concert

I have a favor to ask of those who came to the concert:  As you can imagine, these tunes have been in my head for four years and we have been rehearsing them for months, so I have no idea what it was like for someone to experience the music for the first time.

I would love to hear from you regarding what your impression was of the concert and your experience!  Please share your comments below or feel free to email me.

Thank you!

Music of the Night

This is a little overdue in posting, but I wanted to share with you some of the pictures we took at our last choir rehearsal this past Monday. I greatly appreciate conductor Taylor Arnone and all of his hard work as we bring the music to life.  I have really enjoyed working with all of these people and we have had a blast putting this together!

Taylor Arnone Conducting

Last Choir Rehearsal 

A Labor of Love

Recently, we realized that the picture frames were too heavy for a normal table top stand.  My father, Eric Mack,  took the challenge and spent this past weekend designing and building five collapsable stands that will hold two paintings a piece.

Eric Mack hard at work making frames

Here is the finished product (note that the easels will be hidden under black cloth).

Picture Frame Stand

I am so very thankful for the amount of work that he put into desiging and building these easels in order to make the concert a success.  Thanks dad!