Just in case no one else sends a letter about the three performances given by the Collegiate Peaks Chorale here and in Salida – something MUST be said.  

Friday, Saturday and Sunday the past weekend gave the people of Buena Vista and Salida an opportunity to experience one of the most elevated musical experiences found anywhere, any time and any price. 

The 70 blended voices lifted the audience to spectacular heights with the excitement of such renditions as the Youruba Folk Text “Betelehemu” accompanied by percussion instruments and a bit of choreography by the group.

The program was well balanced by beautifully arranged traditional Christmas songs and newer compositions.  The “Hallelujah Chorus”  from Handel’s “Messiah” brought the audience appropriately to their feet. 

Following the closing song a well-earned standing ovation happened at all three performances—Friday and Saturday at Mt. Heights Baptist Church in Buena Vista and Sunday at First Presbyterian in Salida.  Snow, nor rain, nor sleet can detain music lovers.

I attended the three full house performances and would go again. 

Director Brandon Chism, a transplant from Chicago (their loss), created magic in our culture here. 

The piano accompanist Teresa Roorda and many instrumentalists  combined to make a memorable performance. 

Jean Buster

Buena Vista

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