Last week was taken up with a run-out, which is Westminster slang for getting on a bus and going somewhere (usually New York, Newark, or Trenton) for a series of rehearsals and performances with an orchestra. Last week was the Mozart Requiem with Bernard Labadie and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. I enjoyed working with Labadie a lot - he was extremely efficient, moved very quickly, and was quite clear and demanding about what he wanted, all of which are qualities I highly prize in conductors. The choir was a combination of the Westminster Choir and Williamson Voices, and I must say, it was a really extraordinary choir. It was one of the (many) occasions here at Westminster when I got into the dress rehearsal, heard the spectacular sound we were making, and kicked myself for forgetting to invite anyone to the concert.
If you wish for a second opinion, there is a review up at nj.com. I don't know for how long the link will be good, but enjoy reading it while it's up there!
This week is another run-out, with the Symphonic Choir joining Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic. Look into getting tickets if you're in the area - there are performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!