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Our annual Portland Lovefest

Portland never disappoints: the    audience that knows us so well, Kaul Auditorium- a great place to sing- and the city itself.   Friends of Chamber Music invites us every year for a concert and a masterclass   This year’s class was with the choir from Corvallis High School which has a lovely sound. They drove an hour and a half to work with us and then stayed for the concert.   Hope we see them again,

 

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San Antonio, Louis Botto’s home town

San Antonio turns 300 this year, the Chamber Music Society turns 75, and we of course are turning 40.  All things to be proud about. San Antonians are proud as well that our founder Louis Botto came from here. We sang a matinee in the Temple Beth-El for a lovely audience.  It’s been four days and four shows and a fair bit of driving.  Fred will do a master class with three choirs tomorrow while we go see The Alamo.

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Bates Recital Hall in Austin, friends and family

Texas is a big state.  4 hours or so got us from Nagocdoches to Austin for  a very brief stay. Singing in the Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas  before a very attentive audience was a most  rewarding experience.   Matt Mazzola’s  family came, along with our Board Member Susan Carlyle (who lives in Houston) and her grandson Caldwell to contribute to the very warm reception.  No more glacial cold, and on to the heat in San Antonio where our founder Louis Botto was born.

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches

A few hours along Route 69 North from Houston is Nacogdoches.   The oldest town in Texas, the town where the Marx Brothers became a comedy act instead of a singing group, and so much more.  Fred had a great time in the afternoon working with the very good choral group, and we enjoyed performing in the William M. Turner Auditorium, where we hadn’t been in so long that nobody quite remembered how long ago it was.  Glad to be back.  The cold wave which shut down much of Texas on Tuesday ( and eliminated our concerty in Corpus Christi) seems to be over.  Austin tomorrow.

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Unusual Texas weather, and we were there...

After an uneventful run up to Sonoma State University to appear in the Green Music Center on a lovely Friday evening, we set out for Corpus Christi, Texas by way of Houston to begin our winter tour of Texas, Florida, and Oregon - usually places to stay out of winter weather.  We had no sooner set our sights on Corpus Christi then United cancelled our flight there from Houston.  Resourceful, as ever, we got into cars in Houston for the four hour drive there.  Fortunately we were barely out of Houston when the University in Corpus Christi cancelled everything there ( including our performance) because of cold and ice.  We backed up to Houston where our hotel happily could take us early, and waited out Tuesday where you couldn’t even get a cup of coffee.  Absolutely everything was closed.  We’re trying not to read anything into this beginning of 2018.   The day in Houston was fine today, if unusually very cold.  Gerrod, Alan, and Tim went to the High School of Performing and Visual Arts ( which counts Beyonce as an alum) and worked with Shannon Carter’s Chorale for an hour.  A pleasure, as it was two years ago when we all went there.  Tonight we performed in the wonderful Stude Concert Hall at Rice University.  Our two U of Houston grads, Gerrod and Matt Mazzola were very enthusiastically greeted, as was Heart of a Soldier.  Tomorrow, Nacogdoches.

 

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