Community turns out for Messiah Sing & Sly Voxes

Just shy of 350 guests and singers turned out last night for RL’s second Community Messiah Sing, filling Rousmaniere Hall.

Opening the evening with songs of the season were The Sly Voxes, an all-male acappella group led by Kerry Brennan and whose ranks include RL alums/parents Dan Cloherty ’84, Paul Spinale ’81, P ’13, Robert Green P ’12, Tom Sullivan P ’13, and also Nate Piper, RL's academic technology coordinator.

The community sing comprised the second half of the program, with 16 airs, recitatives, and choruses from the Christmas section of Handel’s Messiah. Soloists hailed from New England Conservatory: Jason Connell, tenor; David Cushing, bass; Samantha Weppelmann, alto; Abigail Krawson, soprano; and the organist was Brian Jones.

The inspiration for such an event came to Headmaster Kerry Brennan a year ago. "I inaugurated the Messiah Sing Concert as a way to share the school's singing spirit explicitly with the broader community," said Brennan. "There is no more beloved choral work than Messiah. Rarely, however, do singers of all ages get the opportunity to sing it with like-minded compatriots. The singers who gather from far and near, like The Sly Voxes, offer a compelling reminder to our boys—so dedicated to singing during their school days—that this is an art form and a pleasure that can be a part of their lives forever."

A surprise was in store at the intermission: down the balcony stairs poured 15 boys from the St. Alban’s College Chapel Choir, from Pretoria, South Africa on their US tour. Running up the aisles to the stage they and their director, Ralf Schmidt, led the audience in song, divvying up the parts across the room. “This will get everyone all warmed up for the Messiah sing,” he promised. (Read more about the recent St. Alban’s College Choir concert at RL.)

(See photos from the evening)

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