Music Notes

Thank you doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude for the work that all of the parents and volunteers have put in to this year’s musical. There are beautiful dresses, magnificent set pieces, countless costumes, and thousands of other details that are coming together wonderfully. The show promises to be amazing! My gratitude also extends to the players, who are putting in lots of work memorizing lines, songs, and staging.
     The shows will be Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. Please stay tuned for more details about purchasing tickets for the musical.
     This Sunday, soprano Melanie Bacaling will be singing an offertory in honor of All Soul’s Day. Allerseelen, by Strauss, is beautiful song about a lover who uses the mood of All Soul’s day to try to revive an old love affair, the spark of which has long since gone out. The song was composed in 1885, and was published in 1887 as the last song in a set entitled “Eight Songs from Last Leaves.”

Place on the table the fragrant mignonettes,
Carry the last red asters here,
and let us speak again of love,
as once we did in May.

Give me your hand, so that I can press it secretly;
and if someone sees us, it’s all the same to me.
Just give me one of your sweet gazes,
as once you did in May.

Flowers adorn today each grave, sending off their fragrances;
one day in the year is free for the dead.

Come close to my heart, so that I can have you again,
as once I did in May.

     The Senior Choir anthem will be a French setting of the Our Father, by Maurice Durufle (1902-1986).

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