We gathered around Rene’s piano in Central Park for our first warmup of the season. It was hot and steamy, but we singers were in high spirits, glad to be together again after the summer break. Passers-by video’d our vocalizing and song snippets. They were delighted when we told them that was just the rehearsal – the concert was still to come and would be a few yards away, at the base of the statue. Rene was delighted, too – to find that even though we hadn’t had our first rehearsal yet, we sounded good. Kudos to all of us.
We began the concert proper with a rousing rendition of “Siyahamba.” Then came the rest of our core songs, including sing-alongs, and also the non-core “Aquarius,” in which Gary let his soul pour forth. The crowd loved it. The wind came up, the way it does sometimes before a thunder storm, but we were lucky – no rain – just Rene’s music blowin’ in the wind. There were several POHC fans standing in a semi-circle in front of us--former choir members; new choir members; spouses, parents, and friends of choir members; an admirer from YAI. They were giving out Insomnia Cookie coupons to passers-by, in preparation for our next gig of the evening. Behind them, leaning on bikes or on trees, were the unaffiliated, strangers who just got pleasure out of listening to us.
- Peace of Heart Choir Singer
It has become a tradition for a member of POHC to do a post-concert write-up. It started when our Sign-up Coordinator began emailing her summaries to the other members in order to entice newer members to sign-up to sing at community concerts held early in the season. It didn't take long for Concert Write-ups to become greatly anticipated amongst our members, so we share them here in hopes that you'll join us at a future concert.