|Artistic director Bill Dederer and wife Julie|
Throughout the concert, the singers were accompanied by Dolores Smith on piano, and she was a true professional. The Chorale was intermittently joined by instrumentalists on flute, percussion, acoustic guitar and, of course, the horse whip. (I particularly enjoyed the guitar and flute in the rendition of Silent Night.) Lemon Bay Brass from the local high school also performed before the concert and joined the Chorale during the second half of the show.
Having never been to a Chorale concert before, I can't compare this performance--the first under the direction of Bill Dederer--to shows of prior years. I can, however, say that the 700+ audience members seemed to have a great time and that smiles and holiday cheer abounded as patrons made their way home. That counts as a strong start to the Chorale's 25th season to me.
The Chorale will perform two additional concerts this season, An Elixir of Love on Saturday, February 15th, and Music from the Stage on Saturday, April 5th. Perhaps I'll see you there!