|EBird (Erin Zindle) Sharing an Emotional Moment and a Song|
|Bringing Friends Together to Play and Sing|
|House Band (Always Better with Horns!)|
|Everything a String Section Should Be!|
|The Magic of Chris Dupont|
|No Rest for These Merry Gentlemen|
|The Soulful Jen Sygit Letting It Rip!|
|The Timeless Talent of Frank Allison|
|Jess McComons Preaching "Love is Everything".|
|Throwing Down with The Crane Wives|
|Lindsay Lou and the Horn Section--"Frosty"|
|Rocking Out with T.J. Zindle|
|The Joy and Emotion of Singing|
Arriving way too soon, the last song of the evening was Mary had a Baby, an ensemble piece that both lets the global groove of the band and ensemble singing of the cast shine. Members of the audience, new and old alike join in and sing along during the chorus. It is the perfect, celebratory song to end the show.
We all know that 2016 has been a brutal year for musicians. We have lost so many of our musical icons. It was therefore somehow perfectly fitting that the musicians chose Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah as their encore. With the whole cast on stage, Frank Allison kicked off the song with his whispy and melancholy voice. Chris Dupont took the next verse and added his pure, clean vocals. Jake Sawicki added a little bluesy soul leading to Alex Holycross' metal-tinged outburst. As the band continued to build the energy, Emilee and Kate of the Crane Wives contributed a powerful and moving duet during their verse. Linsay Lou reached deep and took the audience from soft and sultry to proud and powerful leading into the whole cast singing the chorus with all their heart and soul. With tears streaming down my cheeks and a sob in my throat, I did not want the song to end. But when it did, I found myself transformed. Somehow, in these difficult and chaotic times, this performance reminded me of all the good in the world; that when all else fails, we have each other; and that music--especially live, local music--gives us hope.
Next year will be the 10th annual show. Put it on your calendar and make it a point to go. It will profoundly impact you. I promise.
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