Still basking in the glow!   1 comment

Musicians live for the performances where everything clicks, and everything—tempo, volume, balance, ensemble, intonation—hovers as close to perfection as a live performance can get.

Last Sunday afternoon with Cantori Domino was one of those times.

Why? Well, first, we all loved and were passionate about the choice of music, from traditional and new carols to the Bach and the Rutter. Second, the band was darn good—the Bach just danced, and I think we feel even more in love with the Rutter—if that’s possible!—after performing it with such an enthusiastic, sensitive and beautifully prepared orchestra.

Even one ultra-modern piece (ink still wet on the page!), which I have to admit was a challenge to perform—and probably to listen to—was a treat. We all need occasional challenges to our perceptions of tonality, beauty and intrinsic artistic worth. (My wife, an LA native, reminded me that in her youth, established LA Philharmonic audiences were not amused when Zubin Mehta programmed Mahler, for heaven’s sake, who was hardly avant-garde by that time.)

Something about the season, and perhaps feelings of hope we all want to nurture at this time of year—all of these brought out a large and appreciative audience. We could tell from their faces and applause that they knew they had heard a rare performance.

A warm thank you to my friends and colleagues who came—I hope you enjoyed hearing it as much as we enjoyed performing it.

Like Paul McCartney, it makes me feel optimistic about the human race. (see 11/23 post below)

Blessings of the season to you all,


Posted December 6, 2011 by Ray Urwin in Uncategorized

One response to “Still basking in the glow!

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  1. Loved the concert, especially Ray’s arrangement of a beautiful carol/hymn. Bach was perfection, and Rutter sparkled. great to sit in the audience for once and “bask in the glow.”

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