Yesterday I went through my 20,000+ plus digital photos specifically looking for pictures of Carl Crosier and Peter Hallock — all in preparation for my upcoming trip to Seattle where we will celebrate the lives of both men — and I came across pictures and events I had completely forgotten about. One of them was taken at the rehearsal for Peter’s 80th birthday concert here in Honolulu, which is shown below.
The title of the concert was called Behold a mighty prophet, which was not only the title of one of Peter’s pieces on the program, but could well describe the composer himself. I understand that Peter was weeping throughout the program — hopefully not because of the way we performed his compositions! — but because he was so touched that people all the way in Hawaii were celebrating his music.
I would have liked to post the order of the program, but it would be like looking for “a needle in the haystack” — the thousands of concert programs that we have saved. (I hope that when I finally “retire,” I can organize these stacks!) I do remember that the men of the choir performed Peter’s “The Dawning,” with five cellos as the accompaniment — totally Hallock and totally impractical!
I also know that the October 31st, 2004 concert was the second all-Hallock program we did; the other was during the 1992 ACDA convention in Hawaii at Central Union Church. Just now I searched the blog to find out what I wrote about it, and found this on the post called “Post-Rutter and Post-Hallock” (Click the link to see a picture of the LCH Choir at the ACDA event)
We were pleased to see that Dr. Charlene Archibeque was in the congregation this morning, as well as Lyn Klein’s sister and husband. I’m sorry that we didn’t get any pictures taken, but Dr. Archibeque remarked to Carl that she couldn’t believe how excellent a church choir this was, and to think we had done the Monteverdi just a week ago! She also was most impressed with Keane Ishii’s beautiful solos. She said she was present at our performance of the Hallock “Last Judgment” at the American Choral Directors Association convention held in Honolulu in 1992. Carl pulled out the official choir photo of that event, so I’m sharing it below. At that convention, the LCH Choir sang an entire program devoted to the music of Peter Hallock, and the composer himself was present for the performance.