Believe me, it was a BIG DEAL.
Naturally, Alan wore his kilt.
|Fran Stewart & Alan A. Craig|
At the dress rehearsal, he told us he had written this version of the Mass to paint a picture with music of what the words said. "Do what you're doing with it," he told us, "only do it more." His Scottish r's rolled as he spoke, and we stepped up to the challenge.
Fortunately, I'd managed to memorize the entire 44 minutes of the piece, so it allowed me to focus all my intention on projecting the images he'd woven into his stunning music. The Gloria was glorious, the credo was declarative, the Sanctus felt truly holy, and the ending - dona nobis pacem / give us peace - brought tears to many eyes (including mine).
There was a long, magic moment of silence when the music ended.
At the celebration afterwards, Alan invited us to Glasgow to perform there.
Scotland, here we come!
And don't you just know, I'll be getting all sorts of ideas for my next ScotShop mystery while I'm there.