All posts by: Steve Fisher

Ring the bells that still can ring…

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That is how the light gets in

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Introducing…”Men On A MISSION!”

Whosoever Gospel MissionTonight we launched our “Song IS Home” Concert Series. The first performance of the series was held at the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown, just two blocks from First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (FPCG) – KSB’s rehearsal home. Well over a hundred years old, it turns out that the Mission was founded in the late 1800’s by a member of FPCG.

Our KSB Grads brought a lot of joy to some admirable men who are striving to better their lives.

The purpose for the “Song IS Home” Concert Series is four fold.

  1. To help our young singers realize that there are many different kinds of places people call home.
  2. To remember that home is wherever one sings a song. No matter where we are in the world or in our lives, when we have a song on our lips, we are home in a way. This is the great gift of song.
  3. To bring the joy of song to people who might not always have the opportunity to enjoy choral music and whose spirit very well may need lifting through music.
  4.  To bring joy to our young singers by giving them the opportunity to sing with whom they might not ordinarily get the chance and, by doing so, expand their view of the world around them.

And so, we have invited the men of Whosoever Gospel Mission to join with our Grads to form a new ensemble …”Men On A MISSION!” We will rehearse each Wednesday at the Mission, with the goal of making our debut at the Germantown Friends School a cappella fest this coming February.

Stay tuned (get it?) for “Men on a MISSION!

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KSB…get ready for an incredible St. Petersburg!

Well I have been to many, many cities of the world. It takes a lot at this point for me to be taken with a city, but St. Petersburg. WOW! It lives up to its reputation and more.

And as always, its the people you meet in a city that make it special. Irina, director of the TV and Radio Dethor of St. Petersburg, is my new BFF. Despite language barriers, we immediately connected. The joys and trials and tribulations of children’s choir directors are universal!

I so look forward to KSB’s visit to St. Petes. We’ll spend a night getting there on a ferry from Scandinavia, and then spend two magical nights in the city. We’ll do a concert in the Kappella Hall, and very famous venue with wonderful acoustics which is associated with the great Russian musicians Mikhail Glinka and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In addition, we’ll visit landmarks like St. Isaacs Basilica, the Hermitage, and my favorite the Church of Splitting Blood. Yes, that’s the actual name of it.  But I bet everyone’s favorite part will be walking along the River Neva. So beautiful.

Be sure you’ve signed up for Instagram and follow us at keystonestateboychoir. Twitter too – follow us at @ksboychoir. There will be a big KSB announcement tomorrow evening. But if you want to be the first to know, you have to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Kappella Concert Hall, St. Petersburg

TV and Radio Dethor* of St. Peterburg performing in Kappella Concert Hall.  “Dethor” means “Children’s Choir” in Russian)

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From Russia with Love (well almost)

In just a few hours I’ll be arriving in St. Petersburg. Called Leningrad in Soviet times, this city is an incredible blend of Russian and Scandinavian cultures that makes for one of the most unique cities in the world. And KSB will take it by storm on June 30 – thru July 2nd.

I am arriving on the HRP “Maria” – a prominent member of the Russian royal family in the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds. Once I’ve arrived,  I will have crossed the entire length of the Baltic Sea on three different ships. Seen one Baltic cruise ship, you’ve seen them all?  Sure, but you boys are still going to love it.  Everyone knows that boys never tire of three things: boat rides, food, and ta ti-ing.

You might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet. I did make one stop at an unknown location.  Wanna know?  Tune into Instagram on Sunday, November 1st to find out.

Map of St.Pete’s…for those who don’t have tour journals!

St. Petersburg – the Venice of Russia!

Famous St. Pete’s landmark…name it!

How about this one?

 

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  • Norway Ferry

Picture in your mind KSB crossing the Baltic Sea like mighty Vikings…

Or at least on the cruise ship Mighty Viking.  That’s how we’ll get to St. Petersburg. It’s an overnight boat, three beds in a cabin. Restaurants on board, and a casino.  If you win, you have to give half to KSB.

Norway Ferry

This is way fun.  Boys, you’re going to looooooooove it.

Please be sure to sign up for Instagram.  Breaking concert tour news will be posted on Instagram in the coming days!

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Stiftsgarden…A choir boy’s summer tour dream come true

I have arrived in Rattvik, THEE place to be for the mid summer festival in Sweden.  Thanks to our friend Karin, director of the Stockholm Boychoir, we have been booked at Stiftsgarden, a retreat hostel in Rattvik.  The boys are going to be in SUMMER HEAVEN.  Where do I begin?  As hostels go, the accommodations are five star.  There is a terrific dining hall, chapel for rehearsals, lounges to hang out.  The property sits on the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Silijan, one of Sweden’s largest.  It also happens to be the site for all of the mid Summer festivities in Rattvik.  How awesome that we will be there to witness and take part in this century old tradition of marking the longest day of the year.  Oh yes, the boys will be dancing and singing around the maypole.  We’ll be learning all of these customs come the new year as we prepare for this tour.

And talk about outdoor summer fun.  There’s swimming in the lake, a trampoline, a football pitch (I don’t even know what that is), a volleyball area, a playground, canoes, table tennis, bicycles, kick scooters (I’m afraid to ask), hiking trails (Nordic walking poles provided!), and a jetty that, well, jetts out way into the lake.

We have a Saturday night concert planned in one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen – grand like a Cathedral but a charming Scandinavian way. We also will take part in an outdoor Sunday service.

Umm…hate to sound like the boys, but this is going to be AWWWWWWESOME.

More later…

Venue for KSB Concert in Rattvik

Aerial view of Stiftsgarden

The lake in Rattvik – swimming!

Jetty. Walk boys! Do not run. Walk!

Don’t know what this is – but KSB will find it!

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Landed in Stockholm…awesome airport

Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden is everything you imagined that perfect picture of a Scandinavian airport to be.  Modern, but not sleak – contemporary with a nod to mighty Nordic history.

Free Internet AND carts. We love Sweden!

And there’s free internet and free carts.  Can you imagine that at JFK! Not!

Waiting for my luggage and picturing what it will be like the next time I’m here.  With scores of KSB boys asking now long until the luggage belt starts moving, when they can change money, where the bathroom is, when can the start shopping,  and most importantly, are there McDonalds in Sweden. (Hopefully no)

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Let the Sweden & Russia Pre Trip Begin!

I’m currently 36,000 feet in the air heading towards Stockholm Sweden to begin a pre trip for the KSB 2016 Concert Tour of Sweden and Russia. I fly into Aurlanda Airport and then immediately board a train for Rattvik, four hours outside of Stockholm.

Rattvik, Sweden! A destination on the KSB 2016 Sweden and Russia Concert Tour itinerary

This is the Swedish countryside, and THEE place to be during the annual Scandinavian summer solstice celebrations.  How cool that we’ll be there for it!  Our good friends at the Stockholm Boychoir have arranged a very cool place for us to stay, as well as a concert and an outdoor service.

More later…

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Let the Sweden & Russia Pre Trip Begin!

I’m currently 36,000 feet in the air heading towards Stockholm Sweden to begin a pre trip for the KSB 2016 Concert Tour of Sweden and Russia. I fly into Aurlanda Airport and then immediately board a train for Rattvik, four hours outside of Stockholm.

Rattvik, Sweden! A destination on the KSB 2016 Sweden and Russia Concert Tour itinerary

This is the Swedish countryside, and THEE place to be during the annual Scandinavian summer solstice celebrations.  How cool that we’ll be there for it!  Our good friends at the Stockholm Boychoir have arranged a very cool place for us to stay, as well as a concert and an outdoor service.

More later…

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KSB remembers Selma

Selma

On the 50th Anniversary of Selma, KSB remembers all those who who have fallen along the way to making MLK’s dream a reality. May they inspire all of us to get up, every day – in our own way – and keep walking until his dream is fully realized. On that day, all people – everywhere – will be judged only by the content of their character.

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