Another sultry evening -what passes for Christmas weather in Northern California- found St. Ignatius packed to the sides and the top as we haven’t seen her in a few years. The church was decorated for Christmas, with a large black forest of trees on stage, which won’t be lit until Christmas. Never mind, the many many longtime fans who come to this concert – many with family members who have arrived for the holidays- light up the church. We like to get as close to everybody as we can – the caroling choreography needs to be pretty precisely timed and requires a certain amount of rehearsal. From our largest venue tonight, we go to the smallest tomorrow – the very intimate Mission Carmel – another magical experience.
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The last four concert locations of our Christmas tour traditionally include the Mission Santa Clara where we are tonight, always beautifully decorated, bringing us closer and closer to Christmas. Except for the fact that it ‘s unseasonably warm and humid from the rain still hanging around. Both performances have been packed , increasing the Honolulu-like atmosphere on the church. Never mind- this is one of the great crowds of longtime fans and we love to see them. The 8.30 ones started shouting approval along about Sixten’s Rosa dS rosas. Very energizing.
Our annual welcome in Walt Disney Concert Hall was warm and vociferous as always in the famous acoustic of the hall. You might think that we don’t come to LA enough. We fly back to San Francisco tomorrow; next stop Santa Clara. It’s so rewarding to hear people say that their Christmas has begun as they exit our concerts
American Public Media will be airing a special called “A Chanticleer Christmas” on Saturday December 20th at Noon CST, as part of their “12 Days of Choral Christmas” special leading up to Christmas Day. You can listen on-line HERE