The day after our swell evening in Houston we drove to Corpus Christi to perform in the Corpus Christi Cathedral.
Corpus Christi was quite a success! The concert was free to the public, so the audience was quite diverse. There were high school students, singers in the church choir, and just about everyone in between (including a group of ten people from Brian Hinman's hometown in Tennessee who were on an RV caravan vacation and found him here in Texas!). The cathedral was an ideal acoustic, favoring all the voice parts equally (as opposed to some places which really highlight the sopranos or tenors), so we were able to relax and sing freely. We haven't been to Corpus Christi in "at least ten years" according to the presenter, who was very impressed at the breadth of our repertoire. The audience was contagiously enthusiastic, whooping and screaming by the middle of the first half. We received standing ovations after Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's Canticum calamitatis maritimae, as well as after "Shenandoah," "Temptation," and of course the gospel medley. A young fan drew us a very sweet picture, which she handed to Gregory after the performance (now posted on our Facebook wall). It's nice to be back on the road!
On Monday we flew to Charleston via Houston, and arrived in time for this congenial dinner
and a day in beautiful Charleston today before our performance tonight in this beautifully named theater. We hope we live up to it!