A slightly rainy Friday in San Francisco saw Analy, Jesuit, St. Francis and Palo Alto High Schools, plus LAB XVI brave the elements to spend the day with us, working and singing together. It's a long but rewarding day during which we work with the individual choirs on their individual numbers, and Fred leads rehearsal of everybody in the tutti numbers which were Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, Palestrina's Kyrie and Gloria, and I'll Soar Away.
Despite a relative heatwave in San Francisco, and Fleet Week, which means the sound of the Blue Angels roaring over, the devoted members of LAB XVI are working hard with Ben Johns, their co-director, having long sessions Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Yesterday they were putting in place the rhythms and Russian in Sergey Taneyev's "Behold Darkness Has Fallen" - a tricky task we know well because it's on our "My Secret Heart" program. We're in Seattle for the weekend, doing two performances of "Washing of the Water" at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - our first time there. We'll be back Monday to prepare for our Youth Choral Festival on October 14.
We haven't been in the spectacular St. Louis Cathedral for a few years. There's a faithful following here and they filled up the Cathedral for this year's sacred program Washing of the Water. Good to be back.
The road waits for no-one. Still basking in the glow from our evening at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, we flew to St. Louis for a masterclass Wedn essay with Paul Crabb's University Singers. We met Paul through Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor ( formerly of the ensemble) and he's invited us several times to work with his singers. Paul was also behind the fantastic experience we had in Salerno, Italy, a few summer's ago. We worked with his very good group on works by Terry Schlenker and J.K. Atwood. Later the same day we sang "My Secret Heart" at First Baptist Church which folks seem to enjoy a lot. We must also say that we really enjoyed our several days in Colorado on the way to Minneapolis. Really lovely audiences in Colorado Springs and Denver. The season's off to a good start.
A capacity crowd of choral music lovers at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis loved the Cantus-Chanticleer matchup. The ovation which greeted our first appearance reminded us how much we owe to the Twin Cities. Dale Warland ( chorus legend, who was at the concert ) and Louis Botto were friends. Dale encouraged Louis as he got Chanticleer started. Philip Brunelle was instrumental in our meeting Garrison Keilor, and the people at St. Paul Sunday were very supportive in our early years and beyond. Minnesota Public Radio has been a big force in our lives, always, including of course annually at Christmas when they broadcast our "A Chanticleer Christmas". It was good, as always to be back, this time with the added pleasure of performing with Cantus. An audience worldwide saw the concert streamed on Facebook live. We had a lot of fun!