Friday, May 2, 2008


Jennifer and I had to get up very early to pick up AD and JK. They took a 6a flight since it was cheaper. We then went to Le Peep for breakfast before heading down to Galveston. Got to my place to drop off their stuff and then went to Galveston College.

Ok, a little background. In the beginning of the semester I had asked Adam to compose a piece for the choir. He gave me a piece for choir and bass drum and I have been rehearsing the piece as well as others for the music department spring concert. Since he wanted to come to the performance I came up with and idea for Adam to talk during our the colleges 1st Friday faculty professional development lunch. Adam came up with a proposal to talk about communicating with other faculty staff and students.

So AD, JK, Jennifer and I went to the college of AD's talk. I helped set him up and introduced him to some of the faculty. He did very well and the faculty seemed to respond to what he was saying.

Then back to my place to hang out. I took a 1/2 hour nap and the we all got ready for the concert tonight.

We then met Stephen for some sushi at Sky Bar. Jennifer and I got our usual like salmon, yellow tail, eel, rock and roll and Philadelphia roll. AD and JK got a Philadelphia roll, some other sushi and a tofu dish.

Then to the college for the concert.
Press Release for the Spring Concert.

It was a great concert with a variety of pieces and ensembles.

The title of this years Spring Concert with the Galveston College Choir was "Joys, Fears and Emotions."

The concert began with voice students of my part timer Larry Patton. I wanted this concert to have more variety of ensembles so I asked Larry Patton who teaches voice at the college if he has student who would like to perform. He got 4 girls to sing “Three Spanish Ballades” by Eugine Butler. The ballades were “Come at Dawn”,
“Moon Song” and “May.” They called themselves Las Senoritas since they are all 4 students at Ball High School.

Next was the Galveston College Choir.

* Last Words of David - Randall Thomposn
     (We began with the biggest fear - the fear of God - with The Last Words of David.)

* The Coming of Fire - Adam C. Sharp
     The Coming Fire
     The Fire Ritual
     (Next we had the fear of the apocalypse. Adam C. Sharp incorporates
     apocalyptic Latin texts to create a cinematic type piece for choir.)

* Walkin’ - John Coates, Jr.
     (Next is the joy of walking with someone you really enjoy being with.)

* Love Lost - Paul Sjolund
     One Perfect Rose
     When You’re Away
     Careless Talk
     Your Little Hands
     (Next are 4 satirical poems on love.)

* O Sacred Banquet - Eric D. Sharp
     (Eric D. Sharp was born in Lakewood, CA … OK. You are not fooled. It’s me.
     The text is from an antiphon during the holy office celebration of Corpus Christi.
     Corpus Christi is Latin for body of Christ.)

* The Boy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly - Joshua Shank
     (Who has not thought of wanting to fly? That is what the next piece is about.
     It is also about being careful about what you wish for. There is an old Chinese curse:
     May you receive everything you wish for.)

* Dirait-on - Morten Lauridsen
     (What woman does not like roses? The next piece is for you. It is also in French. How romantic.)

* Old Irish Blessing - Denes Agay
     (We ended the choir set with an Old Irish Blessing by Denes Agay, who passed away
     this last January at the wonderful age of 95. He wrote the music in honor
     of his only daughter Susan on her 17th Birthday.
     Naturally, this song was also sung beautifully at his memorial service.)

I then had one of my piano students Junghee Kang perform.
* Blumenlied - Gustav Lauge
     (Gustav Lange lived from 1830 to 1889. He was a German composer who
     produced a phenomenal number of works, most of which were light.
     This next piece is also known as Flower Song.)

The Island Steel Drum Band continued with the 2nd half.

* The Hammer - Brad Shores
* Island Echo - Brad Shores
* The Girl from Ipanema - Eric D. Sharp
* The Groove in the Mist - Eric D. Sharp
* Mission: Impossible - Eric D. Sharp
* Just After Sunset - Eric D. Sharp

There were over 110 people at the concert. It was a great concert and all groups sounded incredible. From my prospective it was the most fun I have had performing and conducing since I started at the college 4 years ago.

AD, JK, George, Ron, Jennifer and I then went to Salsa for the after concert celebration. That was also a lot of fun.

What a great but very long day of performances.

Posted by Eric at May 2, 2008 10:00 PM