Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Cream City Chorus Concert

On Sunday afternoon, June 15, we went to the Concert given by the Cream City Chorus at the Wauwautosa Presbyterian Church. The chorus has included many local fans, including present members Emory Churness, Megan Schaffer, Hillary Giffen, and Tori Campenni. This concert, entitled "Life Signs--Interpretations of the Heart," was mainly composed of sentimental songs of one sort or another. The church proved a good venue, with acoustics augmented electronically but seamlessly. This concert was accompanied by two signers for the deaf, which we always find adds interest. One, a woman, signed with an exacting style. The other, a man, teneded to have a more expressive, mime-like style. Both were interesting to watch. The Chorus gave very nice renditions of "Sing, Sing, Sing" (more familiar as the Benny Goodman instrumental version), and "Corner of the Sky." Megan schaffer had a very moving solo on a song called "Yearnings," which was new to us. Milwaukee filkers Barb Riedel and Carol Roper provided an orginal arrangement of the Stan Rogers ballad "Lies," which worked out very well. My one criticism of the concert would be that the first half became all slow songs after the first couple, and needed an additional up-tempo piece or two. In the second half, I was pleased to hear "Eres Tu," which I haven't heard in a long time, but disappointed that the Chorus chose to sing the rather lame English translation rather than even one verse in the orginal Spanish, which is much prettier to listen to, even if you don't understand it. "One Tin Soldier" had a very poiniant timeliness again, and it was good to hear "Amazing Grace" taken up close to the good-old revival meeting tempo, rather than the dirge-like speed it tends to be played at. There were many other good pieces in the show, and we enjoyed it all. The Chorus' next show will be its Christmas concert.
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