I was so excited to be contracted for performances during the holiday season at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia! After nearly 2 years of no performing, I couldn’t wait to join the Philadelphia Orchestra again in their choir, even if we had to be masked to rehearse and perform.
On Sunday, December 19th we began rehearsals for Messiah. Before we could enter the rehearsal room, each singer took a rapid Covid test. Those who were negative were able to begin rehearsing that day.
We were tested (either rapid or PCR) every day and sometimes twice a day until we opened on December 21st! The day before we opened, they had to replace 6 choristers, the conductor and all 4 soloists. Luckily, the orchestra was able to hire replacements and the show went on!
Sadly, the next day we received word that they cancelled our second performance and all remaining shows through January 2nd. We are still waiting to hear whether or not we will be able to perform at Carnegie Hall on January 11th.
While the cancellations are so sad, I know that they must do whatever will keep everyone safe. I am keeping in my thoughts everyone who tested positive, or who was exposed. It’s a scary time, and so disappointing for those who were unable to celebrate Christmas with their families. We are also in good company with many Broadway shows being cancelled until further notice.
I urge everyone to please continue to wear a mask (especially while singing in groups) and to get tested before meeting together.
Can you believe that Christmas is next week?!? Time really is flying by. Some of our favorite holiday traditions are baking cookies, singing carols, and driving around to look at the lights. We hope you had the chance to see Downtown Bentonville Square's lights this season---it will take your breath away!
We also had the chance to see "A Christmas Carol" at Theatre Squared at the Fayetteville Public Library. What a gorgeous performance! We love the classic Dickens story, and seeing this adaptation was lovely. It really puts you in the Christmas spirit!
This month, our Arkansas singers are involved in many different holiday productions:
Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" at the King Opera House in Van Buren, AR
Noel at Bentonville High School
Siloam Springs Middle School Christmas Concert
Various Christmas pageants and cantatas
We're so proud of all of your hard work and bringing joy and light to the community!
Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio accessible anywhere with internet! Voice lessons are for all, regardless of age or ability!