Becoming Alive: A Photo Tour
Our Velveteen Rabbit concerts filled an entire weekend with music, story, and joy. We traveled across the Dallas metroplex making music and friends while we shared a concert experience that was unique for both audience and performer.
Over the course of the weekend, we performed three concerts in very different venues. Friday night’s concert was held in the chapel of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The space was intimate and every seat full.
At our dress rehearsal at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, we heard the narration, choral music, and original synthesizer compositions of Kevin Shoemaker come together for the first time. The entire roomful of collaborators could feel that something incredibly special was being brought to life. Everyone left that Thursday evening anticipating the three upcoming concerts with mounting excitement.
On Saturday afternoon, our performance was specifically geared towards families and children. We performed at First Baptist of Farmers Branch for an audience of all ages. The concert was free and made child-friendly with lights on, coloring books and bunny ears, and a no-shushing atmosphere.
Sunday’s concert was held at Royal Lane Baptist Church. By the time we were singing our third concert, we were feeling fully comfortable with the flow of the concert. Harry Wooten, a dear friend of Sam's, is the music director and offered some wonderfully embarrassing anecdotes about the first time he met Sam.
For the musicians, several aspects of this performance experience stood apart from other gigs. As we sang, wearing bright, youthful colors (as opposed to concert black), we developed a relationship with the narrative of the concert and each other. There was an air of collaboration and interaction in the performance that was refreshingly human. Rather than merely crisp, focused delivery of quality sounds, there was a dance in our delivery that brought life to our singing and understanding to the audience. I had several audience members remark that they’ve never seen a choir as interactive and engaged with each other as we were.
The weekend was pillared by the work of two amazing people, Jonathan Greer and Kevin.
Jonathan lead the charge at the ticket table every evening, greeting guests with his signature blend of warmth and snark. At all three concerts he arrived early to set up, and then ran back and forth between sound check and table until the concert began. We would not have been able to make the weekend happen without his consistent, expert help.
Kevin was truly the star of the weekend. His originally composed incidental music provided the glue that made the concert feel like a single piece. The sound underlay for Kent Williams narration brought out depth and color in the story so that even those very familiar with the tale heard it with fresh ears.