Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society 
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Samuel Coleridge Taylor 8/15/1875

Mike Seeger 8/15/1933

Josef Strauss 8/22/1827
Mark Your Calendars
August 20, 2019   
Welcome and 
  First Rehearsal for  
Rockbridge Youth Chorale,  
5:30 to 8 PM,  
Grace Episcopal Church,  
123 W. Washington St., Lexington.  
Check here for group times.

September 9, 2019
  Rehearsals begin for  
Rockbridge Chorus,  
7:15 PM  
Lexington Presbyterian Church   
in sanctuary
October 29, 2019
  Rockbridge Youth Chorale guest performance at  
W&L Fall Choral Concert,  
8 PM,  
Wilson Hall, W&L  
Lenfest Center
December 7, 2019
  Holiday Concert,  
Rockbridge Chorus and Rockbridge Youth Chorale,  
7:30 PM,  
Lexington Presbyterian Church. Community Caroling  
begins at 7:15.
January 12, 2020
  Rockbridge Chorus  
extends the holiday season with Vaughan Williams Hodie and Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel,
3 PM,  
Lexington Presbyterian Church.
April 14, 2020
  Rockbridge Youth Chorale, Spring Concert,  
7 PM,  
Lexington Presbyterian Church
April 18, 2020
  Rockbridge Chorus,  
Spring Pops Concert,  
7 PM  
Lexington  Presbyterian Church
Back to Work for the 2019/2020 Season    
       Summer is winding down and it's back to rehearsals for both the Rockbridge Chorus and the Rockbridge Youth Chorale. Rehearsal for the holiday concert begins on September 9 at 7:30 PM for the Rockbridge Chorus in the sanctuary at Lexington Presbyterian Church. The chorus will be joined once again by the      Rockbridge Youth Chorale for the annual holiday concert on December 7, 7:30 PM in our usual venue, the Lexington Presbyterian Church. On January 12, 2020, the chorus extends the holiday season with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Hodie and Saint-Saens' Oratorio de Noel, and ends the season on April 18, 2020 with a pops concert complete with a band led by our good friend Josh Harvey.          
        The three youth choruses have a busy season planned as well. They will kick off on October 29 with a guest performance at the Washington and Lee Fall Choral Concert, then join the Rockbridge Chorus for the annual holiday concert on December 7. In 2020, the RYC will present its spring concert on April 14 and on April 24-26, they will close out their season with guest performances at the Halestone Spring Dance Recital. Tuesday evening rehearsals begin on August 20 for all the youth choirs. This year they will be rehearsing at Grace Episcopal Church. The Prep Choir for kindergarten and first graders will meet with director Lacey Lynch from 5:40 to 6:20 PM. The Children's Choir for 2 nd to 5 th grade singers meets with director Lori Parker from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, and the Youth Choir for grades 6 through 12 will meet with Lacey Lynch from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
        For detailed information on all the choirs please go to For more information or questions on the youth choruses, email to or go to: 
Sonic Cheese
        The Swiss have actually determined that their favorite Emmental cheese tastes sweeter when surrounded by the sound of hip-hop while it ages. Researchers at Bern University exposed nine 22-pound wheels of the cheese to one of various types of sound waves and songs to compare the effects of classical, rock 'n' roll, folk, jazz and hip-hop music on the microorganisms that give the cheese its flavor. The cheeses were exposed to the music 24 hours a day over six months. The cheeses were produced from milk that came from the same farm and was processed in the same vat to insure that the wheels would be as similar as possible. In general, food technologists concluded that the cheese wheels exposed to music had a milder flavor compared with the control cheese which was not exposed to music of any type. A panel of Swiss chefs and artists also sampled cheese from each wheel in a blind taste test and agreed that the cheeses that were played hip-hop or low frequencies were sweeter than the rest.
Woodstock Turns 50
    This week marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock where, by some counts, half a million people made their way to a field in upstate New York for a weekend of rock music in the mud.  The festival wasn't actually held in Woodstock but outside Bethel, a small town about 75 miles away.  It rained.  They ran out of food the first day and the country roads were so blocked by abandoned vehicles that the US Army was enlisted to bring in food and some performers by helicopter.  Today the field where it all happened is conserved as the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts which maintains the site and offers a venue for the performing arts.  The Woodstock commemoration this weekend at Bethel Woods will be a much quieter and smaller affair.  Original performers John Fogerty, Santana,
and Ringo Star will return for concerts
August 15 -17.  If you don't already have tickets, you probably are out of luck.
Click here Woodstock Facts for more fun and mostly unknown facts about Woodstock.  

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