The SCC is singing with the Seattle Symphony on New Year’s Eve. We’re doing selections from Porgy and Bess, and I’m so thrilled. First of all, this is a paid gig for the choral company, which means, unlike most New Year’s Eves, we’re not laying out a tremendous amount of money…instead, we’re making it. All we have to do is show up and sing!
Second, in my house growing up, I was taught that George Gershwin was the greatest American composer who had ever lived. His music is part of my soul, and getting a chance to sing this work is just amazing, especially since white people don’t usually get to sing it at all.
Third, we’re singing with the entire Seattle Symphony. We’ve sung with the Symphony Pops before, but not the whole shebang. Lemme tell you, standing behind all those instruments is just an incredibly powerful experience.
Fourth, the soloists are breathtaking. When Porgy/Crown sings, I just about melt.
Fifth, we’re being led by Maestro Gerard Schwarz, who was the conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in my youth. It’s one of those “full circle” moments (as Oprah would say).
Sixth, New Year’s Eve is the night I was conceived, so I always like to celebrate it with special fervor. (aside, October 5th, my birthday, is the most popular birthday in the US, presumably because everyone’s gettin it on on NYE…)
Seventh, I get to spend New Year’s Eve in (arguably) one of the most beautiful buildings in Seattle. Plus, we’re invited to the Gala party in the lobby afterwards, and guess who is playing in the dance band? That’s right, the Sweetie. How’s that for a family New Year’s Eve?
The one and only bummer is that since the Sweetie’s playing, once again, I will not get to dance with him. Oh well, with so many other wonderful things, I can live with that.