Two concerts in as many days with as many groups. Last night it was the Brahms Requiem in Spartanburg, and today it was a concert at Artisphere with the Greenville Chorale. Laura has started complaining about being a “choral widow.” I’ve got one more bit choral weekend in a couple of weeks, then we can get back to normal.
Houston and Lynda were in town, so the two of them and Glynda joined us for a big breakfast at Stax Omega, then we headed on over the arts festival. Our plan was to wander through the art booths first, then I would get ready for my concert. It was still rather early. Although there were still lots of people there, the crowds really hadn’t started gathering.
The first person I ran into was Eric Morris, the Rested Traveler. I snapped a couple of pictures of Eric (which turned out blurred) before I accosted him. Right then and there I decided that I would do something today I’ve been wanting to do for awhile – metaphotography.
More and more at these festivals I’ve seen folks bringing nice DSLR cameras. I decided today that I would take pictures of people taking pictures, or metaphotography. I wouldn’t limited myself to just DSLRs, either. I got a lot of blurred shots as I swung around rapidly to snap a pic, but I did get a few shots.
There are more on my Flickr photostream. While I was taking pictures of people taking pictures, Laura was looking at the art. There were at least three pieces that really tempted her, but we managed to escape without spending any money. Lynda and Houston did find a piece for their home. Overall, the quality of the art was quite good.
Houston and Lynda needed to leave, and I needed to get ready for the concert. I had seen folks attired like me carrying black folders, so I figured I was in the right place. The Greenville Mass Choir was on stage giving a rousing, rocking concert. I was wondering how we could ever follow them. They were quite the crowd pleasers.
Finally, it was our turn. We squeezed on stage and did a sound check. There was a fairly good crowd, and they liked the music we sang, which was an all pops repertoire. We decided to drop the Brahms. The sound was a bit wonky, with certain sections dropping in and out. At one point the piano just went away, then it came back very loud.
Despite the sound problems, I think it went well. The intent for this concert was public relations. It will be interesting to see if we have any increase in our concert attendance because of this.