From the ridiculous to the sublime

21 Nov

I was sitting in the pub, awaiting friends, when the host began helping a man set up his screen.  Must be celebrating a birthday or something, I thought.

My friends arrived, we ordered and talked, and I forgot about the group. And then the first image was projected onto the screen: The Beer Chorus. An MC took a mike and explained that they were the Portland Beer Choir. From that point on my attention wavered between my companions and the Beer Choir. They had a hymnal! They sang songs I’d never heard, some I had, and some to tunes I recognized with words I did not.

(Sing to the tune of “Do, a deer”)

FA, a long way for a beer

SO, I need another beer

LA, la la la la, la beer

As our dinner progressed more and more beer choir people appeared. I was fascinated.

We got up to leave, just as they were singing and pounding the table to The Wild Rover.

It was a beautiful Fall evening as we walked the few blocks from the pub to the church, where the concert that had called my friends and I out, would be held. We have seasons tickets to Cappella Romana, a vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. Saturday’s concert, entitled Arctic Light II: Northern Exposure, featured sacred works from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Estonia.

For years we’ve had tickets in row D. This year, due to a transition to a new office person, we have tickets in a variety of seats. For this concert we were in row A, the very front, and it was a powerful place to sit for this amazing concert.

The piece they sang for their encore, the Sandstrom arrangement of the hymn Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming which slows down this hymn that has long been one of my favorites. It was sublime.




6 Responses to “From the ridiculous to the sublime”

  1. Lisa Keeler November 21, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    A music filled evening! Sounds wonderful.

  2. Emily Culbertson November 21, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    The Beer Choir Hymnal seems an oxymoron. The whole idea of what I picture as burly men, dressed in flannels, singing in baritone is cracking me up. I bet it was a show! It reminds me of when my sister and I would refuse the hymnal at church and just use the word “watermelon” to sing the songs. Ha!
    What a fun evening with friends. Good for you to enjoy such a treat.

  3. Christine Baldiga November 21, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    Such a varied mix of music in one evening! How cool. Sounds like both experiences together will create some memorable posts.

  4. mukhamani November 21, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    A wonderful evening 😊

  5. arjeha November 21, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Good friends, good food, dinner entertainment, a concert afterwards…sounds like an ideal evening. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Stacey Shubitz November 21, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    Sounds like a fantastic night with good music and great friends!

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