SATURDAY'S REHEARSAL WAS ONE OF INTENSE CONCENTRATION AS THE ORCHESTRA TOOK TIME TO CLEAN UP THE TINIEST DETAILS OF EACH SONG, PERFECTING THE MUSICAL INTEGRITY OF GRAHAM NASH'S WORKS. THE CONCERT WILL INCLUDE A CROSS-SECTION OF NASH'S MUSIC--FROM HIS DAYS IN CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, THE HOLLIES AND SOLO. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME HE'S PERFORMED HIS MUSIC WITH AN ORCHESTRA.
"Marrakesh Express" features a driving beat and soaring lines from the cello section. "Just a Song Before I Go" found the trumpets finalizing their mute selection, their lines laid back and chill. Beautiful legato flute lines sang throughout. Liza stopped the orchestra, recalling the FOX8 performance of earlier in the week and reminding the strings to place their lines carefully. The bass clarinetist paused the orchestra to ask a stylistic question, playing the excerpt through multiple times to help solidify the articulation Liza was after. Even while cracking a note, he apologized and continued forward without disturbing his rhythmical accuracy. These kids are no joke!
As an added treat, a chorus will join us for this a large portion of Friday night's performance. In Saturday's rehearsal, they joined us to work on a few tunes--"Our House," "Critical Mass" and "Simple Man," which add a beautiful dynamic to the orchestra's playing. The chorus features a wide age range--from elementary school children to CYO alums. "I wanted to capture that innocence," says Liza of the decision to include very young children. But do not think that these young children will not perform with the same musical integrity as is expected of the orchestra.
"This piece is all acoustic. That's what you are doing. This opens up the show," Liza reminded the ensemble as they perfected "Critical Mass." The chorus experimented with different diction to achieve the proper aesthetic. "Orchestra, if you can sing and play, I think it should be a community event," Liza encouraged as they rehearsed "Our House."
As rehearsal drew to a close, a smile grew across Liza's lips as she exclaimed, "We are ready for Graham."