19 December 2011

A Word of Advice

If you live in the Saint Louis area, and do not make plans to attend next year's Second Annual Gaudete Benefit Gala, you have only yourself to blame.

This year's event was held Saturday night at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.  I expected it to be nice, but it exceeded my expectations by fifty-fold.  The atmosphere, music, food and drinks, not to mention the company, were all first rate.  It is truly amazing how well the choirs and orchestra sounded.  The program was extensive, and the interspersion of music with the cocktail hour, meal courses, and conversation was really well done.  Very classy, in every respect.

Well, I liked it, anyway.  This year's event was sold out.  I'm thinking there need to be more tables added next year to meet the demand.  For the cost of admission, it beat a holiday concert at the Fox or Powell by a country mile, and all for the best of causes.

Those who performed were absolutely amazing, and those who planned and executed the evening deserve great thanks.  I am thinking Mother Crab might post some photos (audio?) on her blog; if she does, I will link it here.

See you next year?


Mark S. Abeln said...

Alas! I would have gone if I could have gone! Sounds like it was delightful.

HSMom said...

Bravo, indeed, it was a perfect evening!

Mr. Nick Botkins is to be congratulated for his direction of musicians of all ages, performing beautiful choral and orchestral music (including Beethoven's 7th, what a treat!) The delicious food, the pleasant conversation with good friends, old and new, all in a lovely setting celebrating the coming of the Christ Child... just perfect.

We're already talking about next year and who we hope to bring with us to our table (brother and his wife... he'll read it here first!)

Congrats to all who worked so hard and achieved so much!

Anonymous said...

Maybe there will be some "repeats' at midnight Mass?

DeSalesMan said...

The Gaudete Benefit Gala was a beautiful success for reasons which are rooted in the spiritual character of the Institute: its love for the sacredness of the liturgy, its love for beauty, the care for details. It is wonderful that this character of the Institute shines through in this kind of event: the light coming from Gricigliano.
Thank you for all you do here and thank you, dear volunteers, for all your zeal and generosity.

MrsC said...

I saw some photos on Facebook, and it looked awesome - very classy! I am sure it sounded heavenly! I have heard one of the Oratory's choirs on a Sunday, and I can believe the performances by the musicians in this setting would be very memorable indeed! Congratulations on a successful Advent celebration!

Mother Crab said...

I second your sentiments, Timman and DeSalesMan. It was an extraordinary evening - beyond MY expectations as well. The Institute of Christ the King has brought so much to our lives. How blessed we are to have St. Francis de Sales and The Institute!

I believe if you attend Midnight Mass, but are IN the church by 11:30, you will hear some repeats of the carols that were sung.

I put up a few meager photos on my blog. The *real* photos will be coming soon. :)