Coming to You Live from Chautauqua!
I am sitting on the grand porch of the Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua, marveling at the beauty and peacefulness. Such a gorgeous spot for our 8th annual Encore Choral Institute. Everyone. Of our 85 singers is loving the Chautauqua/Encore experience. And the singers are sounding wonderful, after just three rehearsals. And we have 15 baritones and basses. WOW. That is a mighty sound!
The weather has been lovely, even though a little warm. The food is plentiful and delicious and the evening wine, soda, beer parties on the porch are great fun.
The evening concerts were a smash. Maribeth and Bradford Gowen performed four hand two piano to the great delight of our singers and community guests. They were really fantastic. And last night Marlissa Hudson, soprano and yours truly - me at the piano,performed a recital. She brought the house down with her first number - Come Down Angels. Beautiful voice and beautiful personality. One of her offerings was Habanera from Carmen. When we were rehearsing it I mentioned I had performed the role of Carmen. She said " OK, you sing the second verse!" So after not singing in public for many many years, I did last night and it was a ball! Nice to know I can still do it!!!!! Thanks Marlissa.
Columbia Encore Chorale opened on Monday with 18 singers. it will grow. Word of mouth works.
Reston Encore Chorale opened Tuesday with 35 singers. WOW!
Upward and onward.