M & K in San Diego

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Star Spangled Pops

July 4th weekend, M & K got to participate in another one of the San Diego Symphony's amazing concerts. The Symphony kicked off their Summer Pops concert series with their Star Spangled Pops concert weekend, featuring patriotic songs, guest soloists from past seasons of American Idol, and fireworks over the bay. The outdoor concerts were at the beautiful Embarcadero park, and each night was more fun than the next. We had amazing weather, so perfect and cool without being too cold. The audiences were packed with people picnicking and camping out to get the best seats - some people even boated over and hung out by the shore to hear the music!

Beautiful setting, isn’t it? That’s the Coronado bridge you can see in the background, there. We had a few lovely sunsets, which were likely nicer for us than for the audience, as we had our backs to the bright setting sun and simply got the nice view of the tinted clouds and sky. Singing with the San Diego Master Chorale, we had the best of both worlds, really - we got to sit on stage the whole time, so even when we weren’t singing rousing or beautiful songs for America, we were listening to the Symphony and to the soloists, David Hernandez and Lakisha Jones, who both blew us away with their professionalism and their voices. K got to snag a photo with David, who was very nice and very complimentary of the Master Chorale, saying his favorite number that we did was Hymn to the Fallen - a gorgeous, haunting piece you may recognize from Saving Private Ryan.

All of the pieces we performed were crowd-pleasers, but none more so than the traditional Battle Hymn of the Republic. Although M & K love the arrangement used by the Furman Singers and felt this one paled in comparison, it’s impossible for us to hear the song and not be stirred by happy memories of college singing, and it was neat to make a new memory with the same song. Plus, the crowd’s reaction when a giant American flag was raised behind us during the final chorus was awesome. It is always good to get a healthy dose of patriotism and we got a sizable helping that weekend!

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