Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~ Twyla Tharp
Well, we did it again. Another November, another successful Saint Cecilia Arts Festival! And by all accounts, it was the best one yet.
Once again we wooed and wowed the audience by turns with poetry, Broadway, original music, moving monologues, and side-splitting comedy. But this year we added a twist: a theme.
2011 marked the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, so that was our main theme. To broaden it a little for our artists, we added four sub-themes: War, Tragedy, Honor, and Survival. Both Sullivan and I wondered how the artists would interpret the theme. They did not disappoint.
|The Civil Strings|
Civil Strings was our Featured Artist this year. They performed four beautiful pieces, two of which are personal favorites: Theme from Schindler’s List and Ashokan Farewell, from Ken Burns’ Civil War series. Over Farewell, Donald Maclean, one of the members of the quartet, read the Gettysburg Address. It was a moving performance that ended the evening on a wonderful note (if you’ll pardon the pun).
|Michelle Jacobeen, mezzo-soprano|
|Janet Purdy, mezzo and Maria Bissex, sorprano|
|Eric J. Kingsepp, Hannah DeRegibus, |
Paul Dunlap, and Mikaela D'Eigh
The menu this year matched the theme, with some stalwart favorites sticking around: Fried Chicken Bites [my mother’s receipe], Sausage Balls [Paula Deen’s recipe], Petite Ham Biscuits, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Petite Pumpkin Pies, and Pecan Tassies.
We also had a cheese board donated by Fields of Athenry, a sustainable and organic farm located in
. And this year’s spotlighted winery, Breaux Vineyards, is located in Purcellville, Virginia , not that far from Athenry. The owners down at The Virginia Wine Experience in Loudon County were kind enough to give us a discount on a case of some of Breaux’s nicest vintages. Fredericksburg
To see more pictures, read the event program, or simply to learn more about the great work these group is doing to renew culture in the local community, visit The Saint Cecilia Group at www.saintceciliagroup.org and click on Past Events. I promise you’ll be marking your calendars for Saturday, 17 November 2012!
Oremus pro invicem,