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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Friday Night Orchestra

The Chorale takes the stage at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.
After a rough work week, I eagerly look forward to Friday night as a chance to relax.  We rarely make plans on Friday night and instead spend the night sipping some wine on our couch and catching up on TV shows we missed earlier in the week.  This past Friday, however, we broke with tradition and decided to attend "Elgar: Enigma Variations and Faure: Requiem," a concert performed by The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.  The results proved to be just as relaxing and rewarding as our usual Friday night routine.

I'll be honest and say I had my doubts.  We attended the concert in support of a friend who happens to be in The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra.  While I have absolutely no doubts about his musical talents, the idea of going to a church to hear community orchestra and singers brought back painful memories of middle school music concerts.  My parents, perhaps out of guilt or the duty they felt they had as parents, attended these concerts, in which we middle school students would sing and play the music we had studied meticulously for weeks.  At the end, my parents would inevitably tell me how horrible everyone sounded.  To be fair, the acoustics of the church on the Upper East Side that we always performed at were terrible; I remember even when a group of 30 teens were singing, I could only hear my own not-so-great voice, which made me sing even more silently.

The stain glass at the front of the church.
On the other hand, The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale were fantastic.  Knowing that our friend in the Orchestra has a full-time day job, and the fact that he's probably not the only one, added gravitas to the amazing music that was produced in St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church that night.  Aside from the Orchestra, I enjoyed hearing the voice of the baritone, Marty Kugler, who, in my non-professional music opinion, sounded very professional and powerful.

The crowd goes to congratulate the Orchestra.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church provided a perfect backdrop to the concert.  Even though I've been living in Brooklyn Heights for a while now, this was my first time inside the church.  I immediately regretted forgetting my better camera at home, although I think these photos do capture some of the amazing detail of the church.  We explored the church for a bit after the concert and were a little sad to see that the church still has to undergo a lot of renovation in order to bring the church to its full splendor.  Nonetheless, we appreciated the beauty and the history of the church.

Even though I went to bed later that night, the concert by The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale left me feeling relaxed after the work week.  Maybe my relaxation was due to the fact that the last song performed was about eternal rest or maybe it was due to the soothing sounds of the peaceful music.  Either way, I was glad for the change in my normal Friday night routine.

Detail of the back of the church.

The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale hold concerts throughout the year; check website for details.

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street

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