Tuesday, December 27, 2011

All My Girls together on Christmas!

Christmas Eve PJs

Christmas Eve Dinner

After Church and after a wonderful Skype with Kevin!

Beautiful Christmas Ladies!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Melissa sings in the Winter Choir Concert

Another wonderful concert!    There are 5 choirs at Westview High School.  Melissa is a member of Westview High school's Les Chanteuses which is an audition women's choir.  The concerts have grown  in attendance so has now been broken into two concerts so everyone can come watch.  The Concert Choir and Cantores sing for both concerts back to back, and the other three groups sing at one of them.  We attended the 8:15pm concert and as we entered those exciting were raving at the wonderful concert.  Well, they were right- it was a wonderful holiday concert!  It was a full house and we again enjoyed the great talent of Westview High School.

Here are recordings of Melissa singing with Les Chanteuses (she is in the front row, :

Mary Speaks
by L'Engle/Gawthrop

Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons
by Claude Debussy

A Present Fur Elise
by Beethoven/Brownsey/Lantz

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Sang from the balcony in between groups- sorry the lighting was dark

Melissa leans over the balcony to talk with us before the concert began.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Band Concert

We enjoyed a very festive Holiday Band Concert at Westview High School.  The Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble played.  To make transitions not so boring, each section of the Wind Ensemble played carols from different locations of the autitorium while they reset the stage.  It made for a very nice concert.  Here are recordings we made of the groups Melissa and Rachel played in: 

Wind Ensemble, Melissa on Tuba
Sleigh Ride
by Leroy Anderson

Wind Ensemble, Melissa on Tuba
Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish Melody
Arranged by Chip Davis as recorded by Mannheim Steamroller

The Low Brass (Invisible) Trio
The First Noel
They also played Carol of the Bells but we weren't ready to record that one- bummer it sounded really good! 

 Concert Band Rachel on clarinet
A Fantasy of Carols
 by Jay Bocook

Concert Band Rachel on Clarinet
A Clebration of Hanukkah
by Howard Rowe