After ten happy years doing a concert at St. Mark's in New Canaan and a Youth Choral Festival in Darien under the auspices of our Board member Dudley Roski, the tradition comes to an end.   Snow was falling just before the concert so some people chose not to drive over, but others came from significant distances, many of them having come every year for the last l0 and were very appreciative.  Today our Youth Choral Festival was attended by Darien High School's Combined Choirs, along with choirs from Trumbull H.S., Foran H.S., Avon H.S. and Greenwich H.S.   As always at the heart of the day are the breakout sessions when ensemble members work with the choirs individually, hoping to give them something they can take away and try.  The evening concert shows off the individual choirs and their take-aways from the day, some numbers by Chanticleer and two tutti pieces conducted by Ben Johns - Locus Iste by Bruckner and Keep Your Hand on the Plow.  We'll certainly be back in Connecticut, but we will always have a special affection for Fairfield County.  Our flight has been cancelled for tomorrow so we will be piling into vans and driving to Detroit for our Friday masterclass and concert in Brighton, MI.   Considering all the weather related things that might have happened on this winter tour, that's probably not so bad.

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