In the desert: we sing a concert, meet six choirs, and hang out with a legend

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Life is always fun in the California desert. We performed last night at St. Margaret’s our regular stop here for an enthusiastic audience which included Don Shelton, a legend in our world, and the father of our Trustee, Diane Parnes. Since Don sang in the Hi-Los, and Singers Unlimited with Gene Puerling ( genius arranger) we sang added Gene’s arrangement of “My Romance” to the program for Don. Today we had a ‘Choral Exhibition Day’ with choruses from Palm Desert High School, Cathedral City High School, Redlands High School and two college groups – Riverside city College Chamber Singers, and Cal State San Bernardino Chamber Singers. We introduced ourselves, warmed up together, did workshops with the choirs, and had a concert to conclude the day in which all of us sang. All of this organized by Craig Gahnz-Kuhar, Vocal Music Director at Palm Desert High School at the very new premises of P.D. High School, with support from the Friends of Saint Margaret’s music program. After that a bunch of us accepted Don Shelton’s invitation to come over, eat, drink, and listen to music. It was a huge amount of fun and inspiration to hear about Don’s career, listen to recordings of the Hi-Los and the numerous famous commercials he recorded, and just talk about it. We sang the great Gene Puerling arrangement of My Romance” which he had sung with Singers Unlimited for him again, and said goodbye until next time.

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