Take a Bow

Christopher Sanders receives toy bow from Nancy Middlemas during Knoxville Choral Society dinner between Clayton Holiday Concerts on December 17, 2011 Nancy Middlemas presented Christopher Sanders with a toy bow during the dinner break between two of the Clayton Holiday Concerts on Saturday. My wife had to explain the joke to me.

Each year, the members of the Knoxville Choral Society have the option of buying a ticket for a catered dinner in Knoxville Civic Coliseum ballroom. This year, my wife bought two tickets and invited me to tag along. A few of the Knoxville Symphony players also showed up, as did this year’s guest performers: Logan Murrell, Jim Clayton and Hallerin Hilton Hill.

Maestro Lucas Richman has used his good friend Christopher Sanders as a featured performer at the holiday concerts for several consecutive years. He has an amazing voice and a great sense of humor. My wife told me that Sanders was singing and dancing at one of the rehearsals last week.  As he extended his hands, his fingers accidentally crashed into a violinist’s bow, breaking it. A high-quality bow can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

Hallerin Hilton Hill spends some alone time between performances of the 25th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert Logan Murrell and Lucas Richman backstage before the Saturday evening performance of the 25th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert After the dinner, I walked with my wife to the backstage area of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. I took advantage of the opportunity to look at some of the memorabilia on the walls and to peek at the instruments on stage. As showtime approached, I became a fly on the wall and watched the first number, “Christmas Festival Overture” from the wings.

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