Chorale Bel Canto members on the road:
Earlier this year, Chorale Bel Canto was approached by artistic director Ed Lojeski to participate in the 2014 “Salute to Valor” music festival. 90 singers (and a total of 130 travelers) traveled to Paris and Normandy to honor and commemorate the many veterans who served and sacrificed during the Normandy D-Day Landing. Three concerts were performed at magnificent sites in honor of the 70th anniversary of this important date; Paris (at La Trinite church) and Normandy (at St. Mere Eglise and the Bayeux Cathedral) which were important sites during the Normandy invasion. We also sang at the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach, with a moving tribute wreath laying by one traveler who was a survivor of the D-Day invasion. The 10 day tour also included guided tours of Paris, Giverny (Monet’s home), the Normandy beaches and invasion sites, Bayeux (home of the famous Bayeux tapestry) and festive group events such as dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a gala dinner and show in Montmartre, and an evening river cruise down the Seine.
The tour choir consisted of members from several choral groups from Southern California and Arizona; we sang original music written by the artistic director as well as other music celebrating Americana. Two other directors shared conducting duties with Ed; one was our own Dennis Houser! Dennis and Kay were joined by many members of their choral groups from Prescott.
CBC participants were: Dave Volckmann (and Barbara, Nick and Hannah), Barbara Nunn (and Terry Nunn), Brigitta Wegner, Rick Cohrs (and Rebecca Rivera), Nancy and Mark Hodgson, June Stephens and Suzanne Fischer.
The photos below were taken by Dave Volckmann.
|rehearsal in the basement of La Trinite church in Paris|
|the performance in La Trinite|
|the final performance at Bayeux Cathedral|