April is the month with the longest tour (unless we go to Europe where we stay longer), and this one is no exception. In the next three weeks we’ll be in California, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington. We started here in the beautiful California desert in Palm Desert with a Youth Choral Festival for six choirs hosted by Palm Desert High School. Tonight we performed for the 7th time for the warm audience at St. Margaret’s in Palm Desert where the 7pm starting time offers the chance to watch day turn to night from the picture windows. Tomorrow, Wickenburg, Arizona.
Whew. Today starting at 9am there were clinics, then each chorus plus LAB XIII sang 2-3 numbers in Davies for each other, then there was a master class by Dolora Zajick with 3 auditioned singers, then onstage rehearsal of the pieces accompanied by pianists Ragnar Bohlin and Dwight Nakamura (Rossini and Schubert) rehearsal with our very own youth symphony of the Larsson “God in disguise”, and rehearsal of the acapella pieces by Biebl, Zajick, Bucky, and Kulpaak, then the concert which included a tribute by Brian Hinman and standing o. for Eric on his 25th anniversary. Hard to believe that these 4 super intense days are over. We had a great time, and hope that our guests did as well. We’ll do it again in 5 years!