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Cantate’s Chamber Mixer a Success

On Friday, September 30th, Cantate Carlisle invited Carlisle Chamber members and other friends of Cantate to gather at Carlisle UMC for a time of fellowship, delicious food provided by The Grazery of Carlisle, and of course, singing.

Guests were invited to pick up promotional materials, review Cantate’s mission statement, and enter a prize drawing for tickets, merchandise, and advertising opportunities.

Carlisle Chamber representative Donna Hunter welcomed guests and introduced Michelle diBona Trefren, Cantate Carlisle’s Artistic Director, who offered a fun introductory vocal coaching session for all in attendance, culminating in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

“Being connected community members, really makes a difference,” Trefren said as she introduced the ensemble’s program. “Being in an arts organization, strengthens that community bond. A high quality choral program is essential to the community to help further those relationships, the community feel, that home feel….”

Michelle diBona Trefren, Artistic Director

Trefren shared that when she and her husband, Will, moved to Carlisle, she looked for a strong choral program.

She found it in Cantate. “So we bought a house.”

Guests chuckled at her brief wandering – “Imagine if our political leaders sang in a choir together….”

The ensemble of David Kammerer, John Houpt, Dean Van Orden, Elizabeth Kammerer, Christina Benson, Paige Fletcher, Beverly Mancke, and Heather Leatherman presented three a capella selections with Houpt and Leatherman providing solos.

The program for the day included

  • “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” words and music by Dolly Parton (b. 1946) and arranged by Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962)
  • “Faith is the Bird the Feels the Light,” words by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), music by Elizabeth Alexander (b. 1962)
  • “Blackbird,” words and music by John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney (b. 1940), arranged by Parris Rutherford.

At the event’s conclusion, Trefren selected two winners of door prizes. Both included concert tickets as well as Cantate mugs designed and donated by Dani’s Pixel Place.

One prize included a complimentary ad for the Winter concert. The other included a collection of music CDs from past concerts.

Cantate is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with local businesses and the community as a whole.

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