Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society
  Vol. 37                                       ONLINE  ONLINE  ONLINE                                         July 2018     
Providing financial support   since 1999 for The Rockbridge Choral Society and The Rockbridge Youth Chorale

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July 2018   
Birthdays in Music

Percy Grainger          7/8/1882

Ottorino Respighi          7/9/1879
Don Henley        7/22/1947
Mark Your Calendars

Music at Noon -
Works of Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, Christine Fairfield, soprano, William McCorkle, piano, 7/18/2018, 12 PM Lexington
Presbyterian Church - 
Last chance to hear Christine before she leaves for a year in Germany!

Holiday Concert - Rockbridge Choral Society and
Rockbridge Youth Chorale, December 1, 2018, 7 PM Lexington
Presbyterian Church

A European Odyssey - Rockbridge
Chamber Singers,
February 3, 2019, 3 PM Lexington
Presbyterian Church

A Handel Feast - Rockbridge Choral Society, with chamber orchestra and soloists,
April 7, 2019, 7 PM Lexington
Presbyterian Church

Volunteer Spotlight - Milton Reid   
Milton Reid
       This summer Alla Breve On-Line will be highlighting some of the intrepid volunteers of the Choral Society who keep us on track throughout our concert seasons.  Please meet Milton Reid, faithful member of our tenor section, tenor section leader, and choral society communications manager.  If you are a tenor, it's Milton that you will be checking in with as the season's rehearsals begin in September.  He's also the guy who, through email, makes sure all the singers know where to be and what time to be there for rehearsals and concerts and everything in between.  If a chorus member or the director needs to get news out, Milton is our guy.  He literally makes the music train run on time.  You will find him rolling up his sleeves to help strike risers post-concert.  And if that were not enough, Milton has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society.  So, the next time you see Milton, please take the opportunity to thank him for all that he does for us.  And, if you are a singer, make sure your section leader has your correct email address at our first rehearsal so that you don't miss out on important announcements.
     If you are interested in volunteering for any of the jobs that our volunteers do, please check in with our executive director, Melanie Griffis-Hooper.  Send her an email at to learn how you can use your non-vocal talents to help, and thanks!

     One Stellar Thing -
               On the Record 
        In August 2012, Voyager I, one of two little spacecraft that could, left our solar system after exploring interplanetary space for NASA for 35 years.   To date, the Voyager spacecraft have sent back to earth the most revealing data and stunning photos of the planets orbiting our sun.  Voyager I now travels in interstellar space where it will continue to generate data for as long as its nuclear fuel system holds out.  According to NASA's jet propulsion laboratory, it is more than likely that some 7 billion years from now, when our sun, in its death throw, has scorched planet earth to a little charcoal orb, Voyager I will still be out there in interstellar space.  And, on the face of the little spacecraft that could, resides for anyone out there to find it, a gold coated record.  On that aluminum encased record, produced by a committee headed by Carl Sagan, is a collection of planet Earth's images, sounds, greetings in 55 languages, and music.  On the face of the record reside instructions on how to play the rec ord and the tools with which to play it.  
Voyager I fitted with its golden record, 1977
Represented in that musical playlist you'll find Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Chuck Barry, and Louis Armstrong, among others. 
     "The spacecraft will be encountered, and the record played, only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space...the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet." - Carl Sagan.   
     These were some imaginative humans who cast that message on the stellar winds.  Check out the playlist. Click here 

Friends of the Rockbridge Choral Society
Rockbridge Choral Society
P.O. Box 965
Lexington, VA 24450