Things are tremendously exciting here as Gloriae Dei Cantores is in the midst of their final rehearsals for The Pilgrim’s Progress of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Opening night is Friday, October 27th and there has been much advance publicity for it. Soloists have arrived who we last saw in August and they’re being integrated into the ensemble by the director, Sr. Danielle Dwyer. Evening rehearsals pull all the pieces of the puzzle together—main cast, chorus, orchestra, lighting, set projections, costumes and hair & make up—to create the cohesive final product. The projection team led by S. Katy Tucker has done an extraordinary job of creating stunning scenery that beautifully support the journey of the opera and the costumes (over 300!) are a labor of love. The choir worked over last weekend to deepen their characterizations and now all of this is coming together as a tribute to Vaughan Williams and to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation as the featured event of Arts and Ecumenism. We look forward to seeing many of you at the performances; October 27 & 28th and November 3 & 4—they’re almost completely sold out!