Tonight we're performing She Said/He Said in Lafayette - across the new Bay Bridge which most of us haven't yet crossed- then Sunday we're in (usually) sunny Sacramento where we'll stay over before making our way on Monday to Sioux Falls, Iowa where we'll be the opening act in the newly refurbished Eppley Auditorium on Tuesday night . The day after we're in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will be fun to see how the songs from our new album "Someone New" which are featured in the concert will play in the heartland. So far around here, people have loved "Wait" by Steven Hackman (after M83 and Emily Dickinson) and Elbow's "Mirrorball" arranged by Peter Eldridge. Here we are singing "Mirrorball" featuring a solo by Adam Ward - at the SF Conservatory last weekend.
Most of LAB 9 will be coming to tonight's concert in Lafayette; we look forward to meeting them. A few other schools groups will be in attendance, notably a large crew from San Ramon High School. The energy of high school students is always great to have in our concerts. Then the LAB members will be in San Francisco tomorrow for rehearsal from 11am-5.30pm, directed by Ben Johns.
LAB will be part of the "Sing for Haiti" concert on Wednesday October 2, along with kids from Haiti, opera stars Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham, among others. It's a worthy cause, and Chanticleer alum Philip Wilder is very much involved, so you should come if you can!
Ben Johns will be giving clinics in Sacramento and Concord this week, as our education program achieves maximum velocity for a while until everybody choral, including us, is at the mercy of the Christmas season.