Before we talk about joyful things I need to share my misery with you.
Perhaps I'm cranky and need a little sympathy. If you don't have any for me, just skip to the next paragraph for the happy stuff. Thanksgiving was great, a festive weekend with family and friends and I was ready to hit the gym hard Monday morning to work off the extra slices of pie I may have been eating when nobody was looking. But nooooooo- that plan went out the window when the CRUD arrived. And I really hope you don't know what I'm talking about but in case it happens to you, here's fair warning of what to expect. First sign: scratchy throat with a dull headache behind the eye that progressively feels like someone implanted a hot rock in your head. Then sinus pressure that only deep sea divers with their tethers cut could comprehend. The kind that makes you want to massage your teeth. I can't even hear the microwave when it's on! While Theraflu nurses me through this pain to some degree, I keep busy counting how many tissues my nose can saturate and enjoy the freedom and disgust of just tossing them all on the floor. I even went to bed at 6:30pm on Sunday. And it's ok that I haven't made it to the gym because this coughing should have my abs in prime-O bikini shape by Friday. Sometimes I won't cough for 4 hours, and then all of a sudden the pinball machine comes alive, with some weird whirring and clanking in my chest coupled with hysterical nonsensical hacking that makes me immediately burning hot (and would be EXTREMELY embarrassing if I were to enter public domain) even though my temp is a mere 99.6. The really bad news is that this seems to be hitting adults and is contagious by electronic contact. Yes, germs have caught up with technology. Multiple people I have emailed and texted in the last few days seem to have similar ailments. I hope you don't get it just by reading this blog post I typed. Go get your flu shot or wear one of those creepy looking surgical masks or whatever you need to do. I'm looking forward to the day I feel better, which will be indicated by a glass of wine in the evening sounding like a good idea again.
And, lucky you, it sounds like there are still some tickets available for the usually-sold-out-by-now Kirkland Choral Society's "Joyful Tidings" performances this weekend, Dec 2nd and 3rd at Bastyr Chapel. Did you even know we had such a musical treasure from Kirkland? Well, we do..and these folks are the real deal-- the last two years, they have booked audiences of 1,000 at their Benaroya performances with Philharmonia Northwest, collaborating to perform works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. At 100 singers and fully-auditioned, they have far outgrown their beginnings 29 years ago to emerge as a contender to rival the Seattle Symphony Chorale in the minds of many concert-goers, and are the only other choir in the Seattle area with the power and skill to perform the major choral-orchestral works, such as Bach's Mass in B Minor, as the sole choir. The Kirkland Choral Society boasts many professional musicians, some of which tour with opera companies, or are theater singers, a jazz singer, and even an 85 year old former opera tenor, Peter Pesco, who has given lessons to Mariah Carey!
Kirkland Choral Society’s well-loved holiday concert this weekend features Cantatas Two and Three from J. S. Bach’s majestic Christmas Oratorio, with full orchestra provided by their partner ensemble Philharmonia Northwest, and with guest soloists John Marzano, Tenor, and Jonathan Silvia, Bass. The program concludes with holiday favorites and surprises, including a joyful bluegrass selection by Carol Barnett.
If I could hear right now and wasn't coughing like a maniac, I'd totally be there. So please go and tell me how much you enjoyed it. Your joy is my joy. What a great way to start the holiday season. Adult tickets are $25, seniors/students are $20 and kids under 12 are free. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org 425-442-9240.