Community vocalists invited to join forces for Summer Sings
Published 3:40 pm, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
At this time of year, summer "relaxing" can get boring, especially since horrifically high temperatures and humidity of late have made outdoor activities uncomfortable, if not unbearable.
If you are suffering from the same ills as a lot of area singers (ie: pent-up energy), then the Fairfield County Chorale has a suggestion: Summer Sings.
Summer Sings is a series of concerts every Monday night in August at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fairfield's Southport section -- at which the audience is required to work for its entertainment.
"The audience is the choir at these events," explained FCC Executive Director John Parkinson.
Everyone who attends, regardless of vocal ability, is invited to sing "a varied selection of well-known choral music ... performed under the batons of accomplished conductors," he said.
Parkinson, who also sings with the FCC, said, "Summer Sings are open to accomplished singers, people who enjoy singing, and anyone who might like to try. Absolutely no experience is necessary. Anyone wishing to listen is also welcome."
Parkinson noted that Summer Sings began in the late 1980s, the creation of Eleanor "Bunny" Watts, a former FCC executive director, as a way to enliven the summer doldrums, when most choral groups are on their yearly break.
More InformationTrinity Episcopal Church , 651 Pequot Ave., in the Southport section of Fairfield (two blocks south of Interstate 95, exit 19. Every Monday night in August, 8 o'clock. $10 at the door, includes music rental. 203-254-1333; www.fairfieldcountychorale.org
(The 100-plus members of the nonprofit FCC, for example, rehearse weekly September through spring, and perform regularly at the Norwalk Concert Hall.)
Each of the Summer Sings attracts 75 to 150 singers, he said. The majority of participants are singers in chorales or church groups from throughout the state and New York who are eager to get their voices in shape for the upcoming fall season, he said.
The sing-alongs run up to 2 1/2 hours, with one break. The first half is devoted to rehearsing passages that the conductor deems particularly challenging; the second half is devoted to singing the entire piece straight through.
"The music is performed in a relaxed informal environment against the backdrop of a summer evening," Parkinson has said. "Each session combines the pleasure of singing the music of the evening and learning a little about the piece and its composer, as well as meeting fellow music enthusiasts from all over the area.
"Again this year, four of the best conductors in the area will each lead (an event). Area singers will enjoy learning about and performing great choral works under the baton of conductors who invariably brings their own novel new interpretation.
"It is actually fascinating that there is still so much to learn about works that have been around for hundreds of years," Parkinson said.
Peggy Gettig, the event organizer, added: "We have chosen some well known works for this year's Sings so that singers will enjoy the evening with their fellow musicians without having to work too hard."
And participants need not worry about bringing sheet music; it's provided with the $10 entrance fee.
Of utmost importance, especially in light of recent heat waves, the church's air-conditioning will be up and running, Parkinson said.
This season will feature the following works and conductors:
Aug. 12: Handel's Messiah (Parts 2 & 3), conducted by Frank Martignetti, visiting professor of music at the University of Bridgeport.
Aug. 26: Mozart's Requiem, conducted by David Rosenmeyer, artistic director of the Fairfield County Chorale.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave. Fairfield's Southport section. Every Monday night in August, 8 p.m. $10 at the door, includes music rental. 203-254-1333, www.fairfieldcountychorale.org