We arrived here on Friday and had some time to enjoy one of our favorite cities and see friends. Tonight's first concert of this 7 country tour at Dublin's lovely National Concert Hall was really fun Great audience, great evening
The valiant and accomplished LAB XVI -last seen caroling in front of the Santa Clara mission on the night of our Christmas concert there- had a finale and farewell on Sunday. Board members, parents, donors and staff came through an epic rainstorm to see an open rehearsal with Fred, followed by refreshments and a short concert. LAB XVI has been in session since Labor Day weekend have grown enormously as an ensemble. Many are going off to college next year, some we hope to see back for LAB XVII in September.
We may never have seen so many peope in the Mission Santa Clara for our two performances. While many of them go back to the beginnings of Chanticleer we had a number come up and introduce themselves as first-timers. That's a great Christmas gift for us. LAB XVI braved the very chilly night to serenade the arriving audiences with carols under the direction of Toran Davenport, a former LAB singer, now manager of the LAB choir
That was how the guide on the Universal Studios tour train described us to the tourists as we crossed their path after our taping this afternoon at the Studio's back lot, where Hallmark makes Home and Family. That show will be on the air tomorrow (Thursday morning) at 10am (9 central) and Friday at noon. We think. Check your local listings. We opened the show with "il est ne le divin enfant", sang "O Come all ye Faithful" in the middle, and closed the show with "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The staff and talent were great to us and proclaimed us awesome. We arrived in the funny little fake village at around 9am and did a rehearsal where Logan warmed up his high A-flat (which subsequently wowed everybody within hearing). Then we sat for a while, some playing Euchre, then we had lunch and it started raining pretty heavily. Which is pertinent because the stage for our appearances was outdoors. The audience–consisting of actors in a show called The Bay, some of whom we recognized from other shows–was moved back indoors and watched on monitors. Lucky for us, former ensemble member Casey Breves and our friend Amy Bryan turned up and stood in the rain to watch us. Then we waited for the taping of "O come all ye faithful", sang it, then waited some more for the end. Then we ran for Burbank airport and got home in time to catch a little rest before Santa Clara tomorrow night and San Francisco Friday night. A good day!
We drove up from San Diego for our annual appearance in the LA Philharmonic's Deck the Halls Christmas series. The hall was full.... and apparently of big fans. It's always wonderful as we get so close to Christmas day and the end of our tour to bask in the impeccable reception–and great catering–of the LA Phil and the enthusiasm of the audience, which always includes many old friends. Rising early in the am for TV: Hallmark's Home and Family.