Tomorrow, I will be attending a concert by the University of Notre Dame Celebration Choir to be held at Saint Edward the Confessor parish here in Chicago, beginning at 7:30 P.M.
Should be a wonderful evening of music-making by these singers, instrumentalists, and handbell ringers. Here's a shot of the exterior of Saint Edward's. I will try to get some photos tomorrow night.
When I was in parish ministry, I so enjoyed conducting the parish handbell choirs. A few times, I was asked to substitute for a player who was sick or otherwise could not make it to Mass. And folks, these were some of the most hair raising musical moments of my life. You see, as a keyboard player, I am responsible for all the notes on the page of a particular music score. But, when one plays handbells, one is responsible for only a few notes on the score. And, when playing handbells, the score seems to run by rather quickly. I remember standing at the handbell table on at least one occasion and missing a critical note and getting so flustered that I lost my place and never quite recovered! A true musical embarrassment indeed. At any rate, I am looking foward to watching and listening to a top-notch handbell choir tomorrow night at Saint Edward's.
I hope your weekend is a good one.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray. (Gotta ring!)