This year they had some pretty amazing events. The day after Thanksgiving, they sang at San Antonio's tree lighting ceremony in the Alamo Plaza. A 55 foot tree decked out to the nines.
There were various groups performing, but for our kids those undoubtedly played second fiddle to the street food (namely, the snow cones)
We all came to show our support for Jude.
We noticed Jude was rather stoic in these photos and wondered if perhaps he didn't appreciate taking family photos in front of his friends. He said he was game, but now, I'm not so sure. He'll be 10 next month and I'll probably need to start being more cognizant of these things. ;)
Perhaps even more exciting was their invitation to sing on a barge at the Riverwalk lighting ceremony.
This time only 10 of the 90 student in his choir were selected (and 10 in the youth choir) and he was picked again! (I gotta brag on my boy a bit here) ;)
The sweetheart that he is, he agreed to give up his spot to give someone else a chance, but they said they wanted him to sing.
(The girls do outnumber the boys by a long shot, so that likely helped.)
Soon enough, the kids were off.
They were preceded by barge with the youth orchestra and followed by a mariachi band and then a jazz band.
Dan gladly played the role of
and I was free to take photos to my heart's content.
Dan, Indigo, and I ate at this amazing hole in the wall place while we waited for Jude's barge to go by.
When they passed we clapped and cheered.
The grand finale of the season was the choirs' performance at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
The chorus' interim artistic director is an (apparently) world-renowned conductor. Almost the entire performance was accompanied by members from the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.
baby Hazel's ready to hear some singing! ;)
We're also so grateful to have such an incredible organization in our community.