May 26th Event: Photo Tour

 

The past month has been a whirlwind of travel, music, visitors, and end-of-school-year chores. We are tired and so glad to have recovery time in these next weeks of summer. On May 26th we held our second evening of introduction featuring the launch program How to Fly. At this event, not only were we seeking to bring this idea into the consciousness of other Dallas connections, we also used it as an opportunity to build our media library. Sam hired Joaquin Aguilar, videographer, and Dickie Hill, photographer, to help us document the night.

 Sound equipment for video recording by Joaquin Aguilar

Sound equipment for video recording by Joaquin Aguilar

We held this event at the home of Tom and Raguet Hall. We’ve gotten to know Raguet through the choir at Church of the Incarnation where Sam, Natalie, Libby, and I are employed as staff singers. Raguet lends her voice to the alto section on the Cantorus side of the chancel. Their home features a large, open floor plan perfectly suited to a house concert. As Sam and I have visited with the Halls - usually with a glass of fine scotch in hand, poured by Tom - (pictured left), we’ve found them to be suppliers of endless outrageous stories from their life and career. If you want to hear them, you’ll have to stop by to pet their dog Lulu, whoelegantly wears a double strand of plastic pearls next to her collar. Suffice it to say that Tom has an IMdB page full of interesting engagements.

 
 
 Tom says the caption to this picture should be: "I should be drinking something other than Dr. Pepper right now."

Tom says the caption to this picture should be: "I should be drinking something other than Dr. Pepper right now."

Like our last event, we mingled as the guests arrived, each singer and organizer had a different station (the most envied being the wine pouring). As with any start-up, everyone wears several hats throughout the course of the evening. Chris and Natalie manned the wine station; I replenished the food; Shohei made sure that guests were signed in, Libby, Andrew, Katrina, and Austin mingled among the guests.

 Shohei and a guest chatting before the concert.

Shohei and a guest chatting before the concert.

Once everyone had munched, nibbled, and sipped their way over to the couches, Sam began his pitch. Having delivered it once before, he worked hard leading up to this event to refine his words and strengthen the delivery of his vision. We all watched proudly from the side of the room as we heard confidence and greater clarity of speech.

The program was the same with the exception of one piece. We added the sacred harp hymn Windham arranged by Brad Holmes. Sacred harp singing is anything but subtle, and we loved singing with the brash, bright sound which characterizes the style.

 (From left) Erinn, Katrina, and Natalie during performance

(From left) Erinn, Katrina, and Natalie during performance

Sam’s parents flew into town for the weekend to help and support. We were so thankful to have them in the audience that night.

 Sam's parents (two on right) petting precious Lulu.

Sam's parents (two on right) petting precious Lulu.

Afterwards, we breathed a sigh of relief, helped ourselves to generously poured glasses of wine, and reveled in another successful night of connecting, sharing music, and growing our vision for choral music.

 Chris (left) hamming it up with Mark

Chris (left) hamming it up with Mark

 
Erinn Sensenig