Happy Holidays everyone!
Check it out - I found The Joy Singers on You Tube! This is short but will give you a good idea of how wonderful the concert I saw was. Good vibes all around and guaranteed to make you smile (and want to get up and dance!).
I saw them in the church of Santo Stefano but in this video, they are performing in one of my top three favorite churches, the Basilica di San Donato e Maria (on the island of Murano). This church has the most gorgeous floors and a beautiful Madonna mosaic on the apse...there are glimpses of the church in this video.
I took a few photos at the concert but without a flash, and they ended up blurry. So I scanned in this card that I got when I bought their CDs.
Someone asked me how I learned about the Joy Singers concert that I attended. About a week before I left for Venice, I found it on the official Venezia tourist website which publishes a brochure called 'Inverno Veneziano' or "Winter in Venice" that lists lots of concerts, art shows and other events above and beyond the usual Venice attractions. I always keep an eye on that website before I go.
I've been listening to my Joy Singers CDs everyday since I got home. I love Christmas music anyway, and their holiday CD, Christmas Favorite Songs, is a great addition to my holiday music collection. Their version of Jingle Bells is the best ever; it's not a song I've ever liked all that much but I love it now because their arrangement is so unique and kinda funky - they turn it into a great song.
I also bought their first CD called Joy Singers: Here We Are. I noticed that they have some songs for download on their website that include several that I heard them perform.
I still can't get over how much fun that concert was!
Best holiday wishes to everyone! Here are a few holiday scenes from Venice:
Christmas trees for sale. I love the little Charlie Brown trees in the front.
Saw this beautiful holiday village in a window - it has moving parts, with a ski lift that zooms up and a spinning carousel.