By now everyone in the Academy—participants and faculty—have really settled into the Academy groove as they shuttle from coachings to master classes to rehearsals, while also managing to grab a sandwich, some conversation, and some laughs in between. It did not take long for a sense of camaraderie and common purpose to arise within this group.
Along with the many other activities of the day—including another Evangelists forum—Bach’s Mass in B Minor was a focus for many of the participants today. The orchestra players who are performing in the Mass had a rehearsal in the morning and, following an evening American Bach Choir rehearsal for Johann Christoph Bach’s Es Erhub sich ein Streit (which will be performed tomorrow at the opening night concert), everybody got together for a “Tutti” rehearsal of the Mass from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. This towering masterpiece presents many challenges, yet Maestro Thomas is preparing the full orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists to give an amazing performance on Sunday. Thomas’s Festival performances of the Mass are always a highlight of the musical calendar and this one is shaping up to be another tremendous occasion.
Wow! Tomorrow is Friday and the beginning of the Festival. So much has already happened, yet the public side of the Festival is only about to begin. Time is really flying! I hope you all have your tickets for the Bach’s Inspiration programs tomorrow and Saturday. Red ink “Sold Out” signs have already been printed for next weekend’s performances of Handel’s L’Allegro (July 18) and Bach’s Mass in B Minor (July 20), and available seats for the other concerts are going fast. At present, a limited number of seats remain for this weekend’s concerts.