Photography and Art

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Glory of Scotland

I recently had the good fortune to get involved in one of Sean O'Boyle's Scottish extravaganzas as a member of the chorus. Sean is a very gifted Australian as you can tell from this quote from his website:

"His latest recording for the ABC — a concerto for didgeridoo — which he wrote and conducted with the Queensland Orchestra, is his 108th album. Sean O’Boyle is second only to the great Slim Dusty in musical output."

Every few years, Sean puts a tour together and visits cities in North America to show off his arranging prowess with a Scottish show. The music consists of mostly Scottish standards like 100 Pipers and Highland Cathedral, but the arrangements are all Sean and all wonderful.

The show has a cast of thousands (well, not quite, but lots of people) including singers, pipers, dancers, fiddlers, an orchestra and a chorus. I got a chance to photograph the dress rehearsal. Here are some of the highlights:

Here are the magnificent soloists: tenor Lenard Whiting, soprano Suzanne Kompass, tenor Edward Franko and baritone Robert Longo

Suzanne in full stride

Colleen Rintamaki and dance partner. Colleen is a 10 time world highland dancing champion and is a Canadian!

Members of the Scottish Dance Company of Canada

The maestro, Sean O'Boyle, himself

Julie Fitzgerald, Canadian Masters Fiddling Champion and Ontario Stepdance Champion.

Brett Kingsbury, pianist extraordinaire, plays an original Sean O'Boyle concerto.

Charles Waddell, treble soloist

Another action shot of Sean O'Boyle conducting the orchestra and choir

Members of The Ensemble Tryptych Chamber Choir and guests

And last, but not least, the three tenors from the chorus with yours truly on the left and George and Alfred

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