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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Waterford, WI: The World Premiere Of Calling All Dawns!

This is the view from my hotel room in Waterford, WI. It's a small town of about 3000 people, but home to a high school with a large choral program, led by a very gutsy choral director named Derek Machan.


A year ago Derek asked if he might get a hold of the score and parts to the entire Calling All Dawns song cycle. He said he wanted to perform the whole thing. I thought he was nuts.


Flash forward to today, and I arrive in cold Waterford this evening for what is amounting to the world premiere of a song cycle that I thought would never be performed live. Yet here we are. Never in my wildest dreams did I think a high school, much less one in a town of 3000, would be able to assemble the resources to put on a performance of the whole album. It defies imagination.


I am told that Derek has assembled a choir of almost 200, and an orchestra of 75. Yes, you read that correctly. Derek will have more people on the stage tomorrow than I have on my album.


I'll continue blogging about this mind-boggling trip from my iPhone. Maybe take a few more pictures.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love being a part of the calling all dawns and meeting Christopher tin was an honor

January 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

 
Blogger Unknown said...

Read that the performance will be live streamed. Trying to get the link to the live stream. Please post if you have it.

January 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

 
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January 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary - The stream is archived:
http://www2.waterforduhs.k12.wi.us/callingalldawns.htm

Not the best of sound qualities, as the person running the video was "adjusting" the sound as it went - ugh!

Nevertheless, you can get the general idea.

Thanks!
Derek Machan, choral director
Waterford High School

January 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved having Christopher Tin in our small town. It's remarkable how people can pull together an amazing feat like Calling All Dawns! :D

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