last concert

Our final Skagit Valley Chorale Christmas concert is finished. The last concert of the season is always bittersweet. We work so hard to perfect the music, and in two short days, it’s all over. I am very grateful, though, to be part of a group that not only loves to sing, but loves to give of themselves to entertain, to lift people’s spirits and to communicate messages of hope and love. They give of their time and their talents, I think, for the pure joy of seeing the appreciation of the audience. As we walked into the audience and sang the last three songs with them, I could feel the unity. The joy in their smiles was worth all the months of practice. As we sang Peace, Peace on Earth—just for a few moments, and maybe only in that place—it was true: there is peace on earth.

“Now is the time for joy. Now is the time for love. Now let us all sing together of peace, peace, peace on earth.”




About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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2 Responses to last concert

  1. Mary Ann C. Kmetz says:

    That was truly beautiful Darlene and for a moment I felt that same peace!! I wish I could have attended but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. God bless you and people of joyful hearts everywhere 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. René says:

    I’ve been at your concerts and it’s an amazing and emotional experience when the chorale members come out into the audience and sing. I’ve truly felt transported in those moments.


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