Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Holiday madness: almost over!

We host 80-ish performances during December, most of which are part of Mistletoe Music Festival, the Artsgarden's holiday performance series of choirs and bands from local schools. It's an odd kind of work; it doesn't take a lot of skill to push PLAY on the CD player for an elementary school choir show, but it takes most of your attention to do it well and not miss cues. Over the course of this month I've had to pay attention to a horde of school groups singing the same carols over and over and over again. You can imagine how happy I am that it's almost over -- we've only got one more show, a 50-piece middle-school band, tomorrow morning. I've actually had a pretty good time with Mistletoe this year; we've had some very good school groups and very few problems. The kids are pretty entertaining, even when they're bad. And some of the groups have been great. But I'm still happy to see it end.

For me, the real highlight of the month wasn't a school group. We also hosted Indy's Merry Tubachristmas performance, wherein 75 tubas played Christmas music. If you've never heard 75 tubas at the same time, you don't know what you're missing. I'd like to eventually travel to Rockefeller Center to experience 500 tubas....

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