Still, as it has gotten more familiar most of us have gotten better at it; in fact, our last rehearsal Saturday went surprisingly well. In addition, I've now gotten to that point in the preparations for any show where the repertoire plays on a never-ending tape loop throughout my brain cells, whether I want it to or not, and no doubt will continue to do so for at least another week or two, long after the concert is finished.
In honor of tonight's concert, I thought I'd offer up one of the movements for your enjoyment. Our director told us that Josef Rheinberger primarily composed for organ and that he was a professor of organ and composition at a conservatory in Munich. He did write a few choral pieces, however, one of which we'll perform tonight--in German it's called "Der Stern von Bethlehem." The following video is of the opening movement from the piece. Please note that term "Erwartung" which flashes across the screen before the music actually starts is German for "expectation."