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Sing My Child | 2017 Spring Concert

Our final concert of 2016-2017 is up on YouTube!

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Sing My Child Concert Program

In one of the senior bios featured later in this program, a mother wrote that she herself misses the rehearsal evenings, listening to the girls sing and talking with other moms. I have seen that pattern so many times from season to season, year after year, as moms and dads make sure their daughters attend week after week, sometimes driving long distances to give them the challenge, the discipline, the joy of music.

It is good to be a soloist, and yet a different matter entirely to share in the choral art. Both are life-giving and if only we could all sing, the world would be a kinder, more gentle place. Music can transport us from where we are to where we were a long time ago by hearing just a few notes.

Imagine its power if we could all sing together.

~ Sue Kenly Marshall

“Sing My Child” program cover artwork by Noa Paden of Allegria Ensemble.

Fly Away Home Concert Program

Rodgers and Hammerstein blessed the world with the sounds of music over and over again. Clearly, one of the highlights of their work is The Sound of Music. People the world over recognize this music when they hear even a few notes. The fact that it is based on a true story is also inspiring and unique.

I have traveled with a girls’ choir two different times to Stowe, Vermont, which is the place the Trapp family chose to live when they came to the United States, as it reminded them of Austria. We were able to meet Maria, the daughter of the “original” Maria and George von Trapp, and the grandson who runs the hotel owned by the family in Stowe.

We also toured one season to Salzburg and sang some of The Sound of Music songs in the original settings used in the movie. Tonight, we celebrate this music not only for you, but with you as well.

We are also honoring the life of Debbie Reynolds who recently passed away. Our performance of “Singin’ in the Rain,” which she and Gene Kelly made famous in the movie of the same name, is a fitting tribute to her singing and dancing talent.

The only member of the movie cast of The Sound of Music who has passed away is Charmian Carr who played Liesl, the teenage daughter. One of her requests in later life was that people would continue to sing the songs and remember the show. Tonight, we do just that, so remember … and enjoy the music!

~ Sue Kenly Marshall

“Fly Away Home” program cover artwork by Noa Paden of Allegria Ensemble.