Monday, May 23, 2011
Rare light hearted moment with tornado
Sunday afternoon I was planning on attending a concert of Bach music. The final season concert for the Chamber Singers of Iowa City (which was dedicated to a dear friend who is ill and was one of the founding members of the group 40 years ago) was scheduled for 3:00. The area had been under a tornado watch for most of the day, but the storm appeared to be out of out immediate area. WRONG!! We had just gotten seated when we were "advised" (ie strongly urged) to move to the building's safe area. This happened twice during the next 45 minutes. Finally, they decided it was safe to begin. Everything went fine for the first half of the concert. The second half piece had just begun when the lights went out. Since the singers and the orchestra hadn't memorized the work (imagine!!) we waited while the staff got the lights back. The best part was the facility staff (who were wonderful during the entire event) saying that they should have memorized their parts and the conductor (sitting on his dias) admitting he had no comeback for that. In the end the concert got finished, it was beautifully done and they had a wonderful reception celebrating 40 years of beautiful mucic.