Words & a pic – December 8, 2016

Superman stepped up to the conductor's platform and wowed the choir during intermission.

Superman stepped up to the conductor’s platform and wowed the choir during intermission.

A  big part of Christmas is the music. We like listening to all kinds – Pentatonix, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Andy Williams and the Carpenters.

Making music is also a must. Enter the Nairobi Music Society. Last weekend, they presented back-to-back concerts at the beautiful, historic All Saints Anglican Cathedral on the edge of downtown Nairobi. (Greg sings first tenor in the choir). The roughly 100 voices were accompanied by the Nairobi Orchestra and – on a couple of songs – by a magnificent children’s choir from an area private elementary school. Beside three pieces from Handel’s “Messiah,” the repetoire included two songs in local Kenyan languages (Luo and Kikuyu), Blackwell’s “Steal Away,” “Hear My Prayer” by Mendelssohn, and a special performance of Andrew Carter’s “Te Deum.” The concerts were well-attended as praises echoed in the walls and high ceiling of the 1923 sanctuary.

During the intermission of the second performance, there was even a cameo appearance by Superman (see photo) who wanted to try his hand at choral conducting. Our leader, Levi Wataka, gave an impromptu lesson.

May your Advent season be filled with the wonderful music of Christmas!

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