Last night I had the pleasure of attending the performance of HuronSong's annual Christmas benefit concert, which supports the Huron Women’s Shelter. As you may or may not know, several of our own choir members are part of this wonderful choir. Nies Van de Vusse, JoAnn Walker, and Chris McDowell lent their voices to the soprano section, while Oz Andrews and Ben Hearn gave heft to the bass.
The crowds started arriving early and by the time the performance began, the church was filled. The church was absolutely gorgeous in it’s Christmas trim, and the the way the voices of this talented group of singers filled the room gave me goose bumps. It’s a shame there wasn’t someone there to professionally record this performance as I could listen to it over and over again.
Deborah Bailey created a program that had something for everyone, from Bach’s Jesu Joy to Richard Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling. There was even a hilarious rendition of Below the Mistletoe featuring Ben Hearn (wearing a mistletoe suspended over his head) looking for a kiss from Mary Paige St. Onge (who definitely wanted one but was too shy). And the reading of the Twelve Days of Christmas by Colleen Maguire and Bill Farnell had everyone in stitches. Deborah Bailey really knows how to get the most out of these talented people, and Racheal Wood did a marvelous job accompanying the choir on piano.
The performance flew by all too quickly but the tables of pastries and sweets set up in the Church’s basement hall provided a nice finish as we mingled with choir members and guests. All in all, it was a wonderfull experience, so keep your eyes and ears open for the upcoming spring performance by this group of very talented singers.