As a thank you to the orchestra for all of their hard work, we put on a dinner for them before the concert.
I had some incredible people working to make it as special as possible – spending hours planning food, decorations, baking, and cleaning.
We decided to do the theme “Classic Music” and I was so impressed with some of the brilliant ideas the had for 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Here are a few more pictures from the concert. Enjoy!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Here is the finished product (note that the easels will be hidden under black cloth).
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!