It was a busy weekend for all of us with Chant Claire! With our spring concert looming ever closer, we had a few additional opportunities to get used to performing over this weekend.
On Friday night, we were honored to be the guests of the Alverno College music department on their spring concert, which was held in their gorgeous chapel. The chapel is an absolute delight to sing in, and after seeing it and singing in it briefly on Friday night, we all realize how fortunate we are that we will be able to sing in it for our full concert on May 18th.
The concert was a neat experience for us to get a peak into the Alverno College music department, with performances from choirs, as well as guitar, string and flute ensembles and a group of dancers. We sang four of our pieces (“There Is An Old Belief,” “Nunc Demittis,” “Good Night Dear Heart” and Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night,”) and paired with the Alverno College Choir to sing two of our shape note pieces, “Hallejuah” and “Idumea.” It all came together remarkably well, and it was humbling to be included on their program.
After a day off on Saturday, we were back at it today with three different performances: two given during church services, and then our “preview concert” at Greendale Community Church this afternoon. The two churches we performed at in the morning (GCC and Memorial United Methodist Church) have been our gracious hosts in the spring and fall, respectively, and it was great to be able to show our appreciation to them through song. We had more opportunity to speak to people from Memorial United, as we had to leave GCC slightly early to get to Memorial’s service on time, but everyone was incredibly welcoming and had plenty of wonderful things to say about our performances.
Finally, our preview concert this afternoon at GCC turned out to be a success. With us having advertised our main concert as being in May we weren’t entirely sure what to expect, but we had a decent gathering of people and were able to put on our longest performance of the season so far, singing all but three of our pieces. We extend our gratitude to everyone who came out to our concert, especially those who graciously offered donations. It is very much appreciated!
For now, we have a three week breather until our final performance of the season at Alverno College Chapel on May 18th. Our music is sounding better every week, so if you haven’t had a chance to see us yet, you definitely aren’t going to want to miss our spring concert! Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event.
Thank you once again for all of your support over the past seven months since we first started rehearsing. All of these performance opportunities we’ve had wouldn’t be possible without it.