From Duain Wolfe, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus Director:
I burst with fatherly pride last month as Tour Choir sang with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the intensively difficult John Adams work, ON THE TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS. I say “fatherly pride” simply because I am the founder of the Children’s Chorale, not because I had any hand in the miracle that the kids performed. Few people know how extraordinarily difficult this piece is and what it takes to learn it, much less memorize it and perform it. But the Chorale staff knows. They invented ingenious methods for teaching the notes, rhythms, words, articulations, and phrasing – and then they created additional methods for memorizing those notes that refused to fall into logical patterns, all followed by drilling these young singers to perfection. This is no ordinary – or even extraordinary teaching – this is virtuosic teaching. Not only did these young singers know their music extremely well, they were able to perform it with amazing assurance in spite of their position on stage: sandwiched between the adult chorus singing into their ears from behind them and the full symphony orchestra playing in front of them. They were unerring, projecting a stable rhythmic vitality and a well produced vocalism. Chorus and orchestra members were astounded at Tour Choir’s prowess – they knew how hard this was to pull off. Once again, the Children’s Chorale has met and conquered an enormous challenge with stunning success. The entire community shares in my fatherly pride. Bravi tutti!!