We’ve spent a lot of time on the bus – and all I can say is that we’re looking forward to being in Atlanta for three days and not a lot of traveling. Tensions are rising. We all need to get some massages. Luckily however, when we step off the bus we are still friendly and kind to one another and we still appreciate one another. That’s the key to the success of the choir.
We stopped just outside of Birmingham, Alabama and got some lunch. We never made it into the city of Birmingham, but rather a small suburb called Mountain Brook. It was a lovely neighborhood. Lovely homes and wonderful people. The church, which was larger than Westminster, even had a parking garage. The sanctuary was beautiful. The acoustics were just as pleasant.
The performance was moving for both the choir and the audience. It was some of our best singing. It’s amazing how much of an important role the audience plays in a performance. When we feel and see an intellectual and appreciative response from the audience, it encourages us to give our best. And that’s what happened Sunday afternoon. There were many tears. Our encore piece brought a tear to most everyone, singer and listener. I don’t know if I have ever been so moved from a concert. It’s really a pleasure to work with these fine people and I am so honored. The concert was just another reminder of how fortunate we are. As we sang the Lutkin, an alum of the school put his head in his hands and began to weep. Westminster is a wonderful community…even when we’re tired and get on each others nerves at times. Here is the link to the five star review of the concert:
We had a wonderful dinner provided by the church and then our homestays picked us up. Ryan and I had a lovely home to rest in after a long day. I watched the season premiere of Downton Abbey, my favorite television show and then went to bed.