Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Yesterday or the day before, the Moron Horde over at Ace’s place were grumbling about teh various “holiday” concerts their publick skewls were putting on this week and said concerts’ near total lack of anything approach, you know, Christmas pieces.
Oddly, enough, Middle Gel’s concert happened to be this week. And even more oddly, it was very much chock-a-block with genuine seasonal musick – both religious and secular carols, and a great big Vivaldi setting of the “Gloria” which, thanks to YooToob, I can actually post here:
Middle Gel is second from the left on the top riser. (Go ahead and tell me why a girl no taller than 5’3” gets put back there.) And – starting at around the 8:00 mark – she’s the one on the right for the “Laudamus Te” duet. (The sound quality isn’t the greatest, but I know the Mothe will like to see this.)
Looking over the programme, I also noticed a curious little disclaimer:
The County Public Schools Music Program of Studies requires the performance of literature that is both sacred and secular. A balance of music selected and performed from among historical and contemporary composers, genres, and periods is achieved through the course of a year’s instruction and not within any individual concert.
I believe that’s the system’s polite way of telling potential lawsuit-happy trouble-makers to go pound sand. Good on them, says I!