Sharing yesterday’s note to our singers from Artistic Director Nathan Leaf…
Dear Concert Singers – As I write to you on the eve of our concluding performance of this season, it is fitting to take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed.

Of course, the strangeness of this season is first notable by the fact that I have an opportunity to do this reflecting the day BEFORE a performance. Normally, this day is spent reflecting at a less leisurely pace, over musical details, logistical checklists, communication of information, and all the other things that go into making the performance happen.

But this year, for this performance, all those things are already done. Our musical offering is already mixed, baked, frosted, and is sitting on the counter on a fancy dish, ready to be consumed tomorrow evening. How unusual. Yet, this is, indeed, as we’ve rehearsed, where we find ourselves.

Despite the strangeness, I am also heartened. Heartened by you and your efforts. We had a very strong level of participation throughout the year, undertaking a musical journey in which we did not know what to expect.

It was at times tedious and challenging, and not what we are used to. People did what they could, when they were able, and all together, we were able to create some things of beauty during a bleak year. And that’s what it is all about. To paraphrase the recent mantra in the NC State Music Department, every note we sang together, near or far, was a win.

As we look ahead to next season, I know there are many questions…It is our fervent hope that we can be in person next season, in some form or other, if conditions allow and venues are available.

In any case, we will plan to return to singing the Monday after Labor Day, September 13. We will likely have auditions for new singers in August.

Have a great summer, and enjoy the presentation tomorrow evening.


Note: Hugh Mangum photograph courtesy of Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris, and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

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