I just finished a weekend of singing. Our chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, performed Elijah at Hertz Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. What a treat! On Sunday, I enjoyed the added pleasure of having my family and a friend in the audience. Elijah and I go back a long way. I was about nine or ten years old when I sang it the first time and I’ve sung it a couple of times since then. Today was both present and past–beautiful music in the present and the memory of past performances all rolled into one.
Singing in a production as large and complex as this one is always a reminder that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. To sing such a work in such a chorus and such a venue enabled me to be part of something larger than myself. Such a joy. I love the work, my head was filled with memories, my family and friend were there, and I was fulfilled by the physical pleasure of singing. What more could I ask for?