Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society
  Vol. 15                                           ONLINE  ONLINE  ONLINE                              September 2016    
Providing financial support   since 1999 for The Rockbridge Choral Society and The Rockbridge Youth Chorale 

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RCS 2016/2017 Concert Season - Mark Your Calendars!

December 3, 2016 - Holiday Concert with the Rockbridge Youth Chorale
Lexington Presbyterian Church

January 22, 2017 - Vivaldi: Gloria;
Messe de Minuit
Lexington Presbyterian Church

April 2, 2017 - Rachmaninoff: Vespers, aka, All-Night Vigil
Washington and Lee University, venue to be announced.

Well, It Wasn't Just Me After All

  You know when you are just minding your own business, getting ready to unload your car load of stuff, and you are stopped in one of those public radio driveway moments? Well, here's one for you. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are almost over. As the US Team's share of gold medals piles up from the pool to the track, the Star Spangled Banner is getting a work-out. But, is it just me? It just sounds off somehow. Well, turns out, it is, says musical theatre teacher, Jason DeBord of the University of Michigan. He's been listening and hearing something "off" with the Olympic version of our national anthem for a few years now. He says the basic melody is the same, but what's underneath it, the harmonics if you will, have given this version a hollow, maybe even melancholy sound. The subtle, but noticeable, chord changes are evident at key points throughout the anthem, and in his estimation, the end result was not entirely uplifting. It bugged him and he ended up muting or turning down the sound and just watching the medal ceremonies. It wasn't about the music after all. It was about achievement.
     If you heard the difference in the versions but didn't understand how those chord changes were affecting how that anthem made you feel, go and listen to this 3 minute story. Thanks to NPR's All Things Considered once again for proving we're not crazy. Check here

Christmas in September 
    Daylight is getting ever so much shorter, and, as always, rehearsal is under way for our December Holiday concert.  Our young singers will be joining us again this year, and there are rumors about grandma and a reindeer, some Russian, and a Nigerian Christmas song, Betelehemu.
    If the Mormon Tabernacle Choir can do it, so can the RCS!  This song has been on our director's wish list for a long time, and this is the year.  We're gonna need a rhythm section.  Check it out.   
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Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society
Rockbridge Choral Society
PO Box 965
Lexington, VA 24450