Five Bay Area choirs joined us for a day long Youth Choral Festival yesterday. It was a big group which, in the final tutti numbers at the concert conducted by Fred, made an amazing and beautiful sound together in Haydn, Mozart, and Shaw/Parker. Albany High School ( Mary Stocker,) American Canyon High School ( Jamie Butler,) Sequoia High School ( Othello Jefferson,) Lowell High School ( Jason Chan,) and a group from the Crystal Children’s Choir ( Karl Chang and Jenny Chiang) all arrived through a rainstorm at l0am and worked hard until 8.30pm when the concert ended. In addition to the concert, the highlight of the day is when we go back to homerooms to work with the choirs. We were all singing kids, so it’s important to us personally and collectively to encourage students who sing in choirs.
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,
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.
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.
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.