For many Venice will go down as two of our most special days in Italy. The weather could not have been more perfect and we had FREE TIME to explore. At Stefano's suggest our goal was to get lost in Venice. And get lost we did. The spirit of this city is so alive. Great food, music and so much shopping & picture taking.
Jane Froman Singers Singing in St. Peter's Basilica Music Celebrations International Choir Tour Highlights from 2011. Jane Froman Singers in St. Peter's Basilica, March, 26, 2011. Music Celebrations International Choir Tour Highlights from 2011. Jane Froman Singers in St. Peter's Basilica, March, 26, 2011.
This is what happens when the Jane Froman Singers from Columbia College in Columbia Missouri, become inspired by the beauty of Italy. A spontaneous performance inside The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore Florence, Italy.
Valerie with two of the Jane Froman Singers Valerie Lemon did her popular show, "The Jane Froman Songbook," the personal tribute to Jane that has been presented in New York for the last two years, but this time featuring the famous Jane Froman Singers under Nollie Moore's direction. Her accompanists were a pianist and bass player. Valerie added "St. Louis Blues" for the Missouri audience. It was quite moving, and this audience loved it. Lots of eyes were moist.
The event began with Jane Froman carolers in festive Dickensian costumes singing “Deck the Halls,” followed by a speech from Columbia College President Gerald Brouder. Jane Froman singers perform "Deck the Halls" during Columbia College's annual holiday lighting ceremony. Students, faculty and members of the community gathered for the event and were invited to mingle afterward while food was served and the Jane Froman carolers continued singing.
After another two hour nap on the bus back to Florence our day ended with a full concert at Chiesa Santa Maria de Ricci. I knew that the concert would be something special when during the warm-up several of the singers were in tears. The accoustics of the space allowed for an intimate concert with perfect sound. We sang to a packed house who enthusiastically recieved us with bravos and a standing ovation. Truly one of the most magical music moments of my life.
Chae Lan Lee Lee's English is superb and modulated by a ready laugh, a constant smile and a firm timbre. Lee, a soprano studying under Columbia College music maestro Nollie Moore, is also a member of the college's Jane Froman Singers. She is the 2010-11 recipient of the Jane Froman Smith Memorial Scholarship, presented annually to one outstanding music student. http://spotlight.ccis.edu/2010/11/home-is-where-music-is-chae-lan-lee.html#
Instructor of Music Nollie Moore and the Jane Froman Singers touched down in Vienna last Sunday, baroque capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They have also toured the hidden gem of Graz and are this weekend in glittering Salzburg, backdrop for The Sound of Music.