One of the things the gay chorus does is that it takes its mission of “building community through music” on the road. Yesterday we journeyed to St. Cloud to perform.
St Cloud is about an hour northwest of the cities– definitely “red” country. We went up there to sing a benefit concert to raise money for the local PFLAG chapter so they can work toward getting a house for at risk youth.
A worthy cause.
The concert went well, and it was well received by the audience. The Chamber Singers also reprised some of their music from the previous week’s concert and our selections went really well. I think there was an audible “Oh!” From the audience at one particularly pretty moment, and the applause for “We Are” was resounding.
It was a bit of a challenging space to sing in. It was a big, open, high-peaked sanctuary of cement block and metal. And the Dias was thrust out far enough that there wasn’t any sound reflection.
It was like singing in a sound vacuum.
Side note: The more I sing in different environments, the more I notice and appreciate good acoustics. Not all spaces are conducive to a good performing and/or listening experience.
But we prevailed (the full chorus had an easier time as they filled more of the space), and it was a good concert experience.
It was also a good practice run for much of our music for our upcoming Christmas Spectacular.