Road shows are one of the oldest traditions in live performance. In modern times, the term has often been co-opted by the corporate world, but whether the goal is to educate, market, or entertain, the ROAD SHOW form has remained remarkably consistent. Find something you love, package it for travel, and take it to the masses. Our spring 2016 Road Show was all of these things at once!
In early March, we took portions of our Connections concert down to Eugene, where we sang with Soromundi on their concert “Be The Future Now,” a wonderful experience for all youth who made the trip. A huge thank you to the parents who showed up at 6:30 in the morning to join our caravan, especially to Mark Feuerborn and family for ensuring that everyone had a great breakfast to start the day off right!
A successful endeavor begets confidence! For our trip to Denver to attend GALA Festival 2016 our chorus sang on three Main Stage concerts, and had members participating in two additional concerts—including a featured solo, to audiences of 1,000s (not counting those you tuned-in via the GALA livestream!). We also were thrilled to be invited to sing with Matt Alber on stage, and the New York City Men’s Chorus. After the collaboration with Matt, a Portland based singer/songwriter, it was easy for the youth to adopt him as one of their own. As a featured artist at the GALA Festival, Matt invited us to join him for the Opening Concerts to sing his song “Monarch,” a testimony to strength and resilience, characteristics that our singers shared throughout our trip in Denver and continue to do so every single week with us, back at home.
It’s exciting to start our fourth season, on the heels of such a note-worthy season, and I can’t wait for you to hear our next concerts.
In service and song,
Erik Gullickson, Artistic Director
Bridging Voices (Portland GSA Youth Chorus)
Read the letter from Adam Schecter, our Executive Director.