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Clearlakes Chorale ‘Christmas in France’ 2013 Concert At St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton, December 14, Was Stupendous.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> French Christmas 2013 concert —
>> Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes —

>> Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale
>> concert — May 12, 2013.


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On a cold snowy night, as if to amply reward the brave folks who ventured out, expectations of another grand Clearlakes concert outweighing concerns of a brewing storm, the Chorale well and truly hit it out of the park.

It was magnificent. It all came together, synergistically: the voices of the Chorale, the soaring notes of the soloist, the melodious picking of the harp, a talent orchestra and the ever amazing, ours truly Nancy Farris weaving reverberating magic out of the church organ. This was a good concert. It sure was worth braving the snow. The music, which ended in a brilliantly rousing rendition of  ‘Come All Ye Faithful‘, the last verse sung with verve in Latin, warmed your whole being. You left this concert all set for Christmas — knowing that you enjoyed at least one memorable 2013 Christmas event.

Now I have to admit that I am slightly more than biased — but bias or no bias one really couldn’t doubt or debate the excellence of this concert. It just clicked.

Yes, of course, Devanee now sings for Clearlakes and I have been taking her to practices, every Thursday, for 15 months — thus getting to know nearly all those in the Chorale. But, I was a huge fan of Clearlakes before Devanee started with them. I got Devanee into Clearlakes because I was so impressed with them.

That I take her to practices and rehearsals mean that I get to listen to the program months ahead of time. I sat through an entire dress rehearsal on Friday night and spent 30 minutes listening to another rehearsal 7 hours prior to the concert. So, I have heard this concert in many forms — without the orchestra, without the organ, without the harp. It was all of this coming together, flawlessly, that just made this special.

Clearlakes always amazes me. They are ‘big match’ players. They nail their concerts — and that is all that they are expected to do.

There was one amazing soloist this year. Pretty famous one at that from what I can see, baritone, Donald Wilkinson. I heard him Friday night. I read his bio. On Saturday morning I asked him to autograph a program! Now I haven’t asked for that in a decade.

They have another performance at St. Katharine Drexel, in Alton, on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2 P.M. The storm will be long gone by then. Tickets and seats are available. You should definitely try and go. You will be in for a treat.

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Now becoming traditional Devanee & Dad after concert photo taken by Mom. So this is Christmas 2013.

Now becoming traditional Devanee & Dad after concert photo taken by Mom. So this is Christmas 2013.



Teischan’s First Piano Recital: December 1, 2012, At The ‘Alton Dance Academy’, Instructor Siroun Braun


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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First solo.

First solo.


The Video on YouTube.

[There are two, the solo and the duet. Look for ‘1Freegrl — 2 videos‘ link, shown highlighted below.]

The YouTube video of the solo. See ' ... 2 video' link, highlighted here, for the duet video. Click to access YouTube video.

The YouTube video of the solo. See ‘ … 2 video’ link, highlighted here, for the duet video. Click to access YouTube video.


Duet with instructor Siroun Braun.

A very proud Teischan with one happy instructor. Teischan got a boquet of yellow roses.

A very proud Teischan with one happy instructor. Teischan got a boquet of yellow roses.


This was a big day for Teischan. Her first piano recital and first solo performance of any sort.

Not sure who was more nervous, Teischan or the parents. She did great. Exceeded expectations.

She only started lessons in late August this year. Her instructor, Siroun Roubian-Braun, has been great. Teischan relates to her. That helps a lot.

Mum and Teischan practice most days (though just a couple of days ago Tesichan was claiming that she was quitting straight after the recital). That we now have a real piano, that we got for free, helps. Hopefully she will stick at it for longer than Devanee — who gave up after a year.

Teischan, at least for now, likes to listen to others playing the piano. Last weekend she watched, entranced, Nancy Farris, the accompanist for Clearlakes Chorale, play during rehearsals while Devanee sang. We are hoping to take her to see Natalia Shevchuk play at Farmington on Saturday, December 15. If so it will be a music filled weekend. We have tickets to see Revels North, in Dartmouth, the next day.

Natalia Shevchuk, Piano Recital, Bach-Beethoven-Schumann, Farmington, NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Related posts:
1. Clearlakes Chorale: Nancy DuCette Farris, Chorale Accompanist
>>Nov. 24, 2012.


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Nancy Farris, the scintillating pianist that we have at Clearlakes Chorale, told me about this recital and gave me the above flyer when I saw her yesterday — when I took Devanee for her rehearsal

I thought Nancy said something along the lines that she was going to be involved in someway. I need to get more details. Also not sure whether it is ‘Free’ [i.e., ‘donations]. I called the telephone number. It is the church number. I also checked their Web. I will have to check with Nancy this coming Thursday.

I found this about Natalia online. She graduated in 1994 from Kyiv State Conservatory. She was among the winners of Rachmaninoff’s piano competition in Kyiv in 1993.

Nancy says she is outstanding. Nancy should and would know because Nancy is pretty amazing too. This is the night before we go to Christmas Revels. But, we will try and go.