First Choral Festival Thrills
Enthusiastic Audience!

The Choral Society’s new Choral Festival concert, featuring 160 singers and composer, Paul Basler, was overwhelmingly received by a packed house at Holy Family Church. The Choral Society hosted singers from Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC, St. John’s Episcopal choir, Savannah, Georgia and the choir from May River High School in Bluffton, SC in addition to the Choral Society singers. This was the first ever Choral Festival held in Hilton Head.

The audience responded well as each choir presented their own songs, led by their directors. The excitement of the evening grew as the combined choirs blended to sing Missa Brevis under the dynamic leadership of Paul Basler, the legendary choral composer. Audience feedback post-concert included “Fabulous evening!” “The beautiful music just filled the room and the hearts of all that were there.” “It was beyond special and exciting.”

The program was launched with the singers encircling the audience to sing “Fanfare for a Festival”. Each group then presented unique renditions of their choral repertoire that highlighted both individual and group talents. The audience was well into the energy of the music at that point.

Then all voices joined in Dr. Basler’s compositions that ranged from the sounds of angelic choirs to powerful, soaring melodies of praise to the Almighty. At the conclusion of the Agnus Dei the audience was on their feet, cheering loudly. And then, the choruses were approached by audience members expressing their compliments, bravo’s and a multitude of compliments for the 5 choral directors as well. The excitement spread across the singers who celebrated en masse, lingering to share final good-byes with the directors and fellow singers.

The Choral Society members enjoyed the younger singers, including providing overnight accommodations for the visitors. With the departures came visions of future festivals and the beautiful blending of nature and music on our lovely Island.

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