Greetings friends and colleagues!
I am writing this evening to share with you an experience I had at a community choir performance this weekend.
Don and A.J. Reimer produced a concert with the Bellevue Chamber Choir, which they co-direct, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the performance.
Their 28-voice ensemble was diverse in demographic, but unified in their passionate music-making, which was enhanced by the eclectic program, and the Reimers’ artistic touch from the podium, respectively. From the the opening ‘strike’ of Randall Thompson’s “Last Words of David”, to the sensitive treatment of David Childs’ “Where Your Barefoot Walks”, to the rollicking “Cindy”, of Mack Wilberg, the choir had the audience wrapped in the beauty of their corporate sound. Pianist Meg Latta was the perfect collaborator; partnering with each gesture from the conductor, and every nuance of performance from the choir.
The variety of repertoire, matched with the energy in the ensemble, and the mastery from the podium created an artistic experience that filled the hearts of performers and listeners alike.
The ensemble is primarily comprised of Bellevue residents, former students of Don and/or A.J. from Bellevue West High School, Bellevue Public School employees, and friends and family of the Reimers.
I would strongly encourage you to watch for announcements regarding future performances of this summer choir, and to make every effort to support their commitment to community singing!
Community Choir R&S