By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Sun, 07/20/2008 - 10:11pm
On Monday morning, the Rochester Oratorio Society served as the greeting choir for the closing ceremony of the China International Chorus Festival. During the rehearsal, held backstage about ten minutes before we performed, conductor Eric Townell learned ROS had won third place, among 47 choirs. He seemed quite pleased.
My thanks to Helen Haller for taking pictures of this last performance in Beijing. These are her photos, taken at the Beijing Exhibition Hall, an impressive forty year-old hall, educational center, and planetarium. (In my previous post about the Forbidden City concert, you'll see her photos, too.) You can see a bigger version of each photo by clicking on it.
First, we warmed up backstage. Then a Chinese woman overheard us singing the traditional Kang Ding song, and she jumped right in.
Eric Townell waits backstage in a Chinese blue silk jacket. You can see the trophies for the competition winners in the background.
This group shot was taken right after we sang.