On the First Day of Christmas...
I've just returned from my son Will's Christmas chorale performance... and what a lovely way to get into the holiday spirit. The singers are organized into six groups: Men's Choir, Treble Choir, Men's and Women's Acapella Octets, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. Will sings in both the Men's Choir and the Concert Choir.
Tonight's program included an array of Christmas favorites, as well as several classical pieces sung in Latin, selections from Fiddler on the Roof, and a rendition of 'Danny Boy' by the Men's Choir that left not a dry eye in the house. The performance ended with a beautiful benediction in which all the singers joined hands to form a circle around the audience as they sang 'May the Lord Bless and Keep You'.
Rene and his mother Jovita accompanied me to the performance, and thanks to Rene's diligent efforts, we managed to get the whole thing on videotape. After the concert, there was a pleasant chill in the evening air, and I came home to the warmth and sparkle of my holiday decorations. And just like that... it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.