Saturday, November 01, 2008

Behind-the-Scenes: LA Bach Festival Part III (Dress Rehearsal)

This morning was the dress rehearsal for the Los Angeles Bach Festival Finale Concert, and there's something about the dress rehearsal that makes everything just magically click. As I sat there this morning (start time: 9:45 am, day: post-Halloween) - hearing together the soloists, the orchestra, the choir - it just felt amazing and almost unbelievable that tomorrow is the performance.

But what felt just as amazing was the realization that this concert is part of a legacy - that before this dress rehearsal was at least 74 other ones in a span of 74 years.

For a moment during rehearsal as a soloist sang, I had this thought of all the people that have come to pass, that have sat in that very sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, in anticipation for the performance the next day.

Tomorrow closes the 75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival (the second oldest in the country, "the Oldest Bach Festival in the West") and to be a part of that history is such a gift.

I hope you've enjoyed following the festival through the eyes of this ExperienceLA blogger, and that you'll be able to see and hear it through your own eyes and ears tomorrow (November 2nd) as the 75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival comes a close with Bach B Minor Mass.

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator

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