We raised a really good amount of money for the church, and the treasurer tells me it couldn't have come at a better time, so I am happy. But that was only part of my personal reasons for doing it. I wanted to sing praise to God, and hopefully bless the people who came. It also prompted me to learn several gospel songs that will be part of my own praise concert I am working on.
David Hollenbeck, the young man who was featured on solo brass instruments, was amazing. (And yes, I believe I mentioned that he is my cousin :-)
But the best part; his first number was "Fantasy For Flute" .....and he played it on the tuba! It was wonderful. It worked!
Joe Kwiatkowski was terrific on piano, and delightfully funny as he introduced Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" and gave a little background on Bach; that he had 22 children, "So try to imagine him composing this piece with 22 rug rats running around spilling grape juice on his clavichord"
What a strange and wonderful mixture of voice, instruments, and music selections. The word 'eclectic' comes to mind!
Oh, and after one entire week of cold and sore throat, my sore throat went away just in time to do the concert. Somebody up there wanted this to happen!