On Sunday evening April 24th, the Rockbridge Choral Society and a stellar orchestra completed it's 2015-2016 season with Mendelssohn's Elijah, and the house was packed! The Friends would especially like to congratulate our soloists - sopranos, Christine and Maggie Fairfield; alto, Toby Newman; tenor, Eric Hanson; and baritone, Keith Spencer, in the title role. Our soloists did not disappoint; they looked and sounded superb! We expect great things from Maggie, who follows in mom's (Christine's) footsteps. As always, the Lenfest Center staff - John Lindberg and Graham Spice - did their efficient and reliable work to help the RCS pull it off without a hitch.
A couple of days later, on Tuesday, April 26, the Rockbridge Youth Chorale (RYC), directed by Lacey Lynch and Lori Parker, closed out our season with their spring concert held at the Lexington Presbyterian Church. These kids never disappoint. It was a fine program and well sung! The Friends of the RCS is so happy to support the efforts of this group. We are fortunate to be able to increase the stipends for our youth directors for the coming season and to be able to fund a paid intern to assist with the music education of our young singers. The intern position will be filled through application from music education majors currently enrolled at W&L and Southern Virginia University. We think this is an exciting addition to the youth choral experience.
Great job all! We can't wait until next season and preparations are under way even as this season comes to an end.