It's Sunday, the beginning of Consort Week!
This is the day that people from far away begin to gather. Allan and Kimmie pack up their SUV and drive north from San Pedro. Our guest director flies west, and usually two or three far away members make their moves to Marin to stay with friends for the week.
|Persons of the Day: Hospitality Providers|
There are many members who provide homes, cars, meals, and transportation for our out-of-town singers during this week. It is a tradition that goes back to the earliest days of Consort, especially once Allan moved away from Marin. We don't know everyone who has hosted guests, but a few have been instrumental in making sure our directors are cared for during this busy week. Here are some of them:
Bob Friestad: Generally, when Allan comes by himself, he stays with Bob, who also makes sure that he gets to and from rehearsals and the airport, as well as being wined and dined.
Jon Curtis & MC Winkler: Since 2005, when they completed their guest house, Allan & Kimmie have stayed there, even when their main house was under construction (Kimmie cooked on a camp stove) and when they were living in Switzerland (Allan & Kimmie stayed with the Swiss couple who were exchanging houses with them).
During this new period of guest directors, we now have a team of people helping out. Sandi Rubay led our hospitality team last year which included: Jim Turner, David & Mary Raub, and Ken Putnam & Lakey Raphael-Underwood.
And now let Alla Artemova on the organ, and Gene Burkert on soprano sax, lead you into a moment of calm before our virtual week of rehearsals.
James Whitbourn is an English composer and conductor who began his musical career with the BBC. He enjoys commissions from both sides of the Atlantic and has three Grammy nominations to his name.