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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 C1

Story and photos by

News staff writer

Arriving home at
Portland International
Airport ... the group
looked, to coin an
English phrase, Well
spent! a worthy
result for any spring
break adventure.

Singing in the steps of queens and kings

Glastonbury Tor



❂ Truro

From London to Cornwall

Chamber Choir stirred sacred stones and hum

reating a success- A tapestry’s outward-facing weft exchange. Arthur’s birth); Glastonbury Tor cliffs, high hills and pastoral fields
ful performing side greets the viewer’s eye with “English choral traditions have (the mythical Avalon); the Merry filled with grazing sheep and
tour for 49 high scenes of resplendent beauty and shaped the way I developed as a Maidens stone circle (from Druidic trimmed hedge fences.
school choir mem- rich, complex artistry. choral conductor,” said Steighner, times); the Minack Theater (sited Each day’s journey echoed with
bers is much like The hidden side, the warp, re- explaining why he continues his on a dramatic Cornish sea cliff); laughter and footfalls from the
weaving a well-executed veals the crafters consummate 14-year-old tradition of bringing Winchester and Truro Cathedrals; young balladeers, accompanied al-
tapestry –– creativity and work with intricate, interwoven HRV choirs to England. the towns and churches of ways by an impressive array of
painstaking work become threads from differing sources and On arrival March 18, students Newquay, Penzance, Marazion,
inextricably linked. skillful repairs of minute flaws. and chaperones boarded a double- Lands End, St. Michael’s Mount, Please see ADVENTURE, Page C5
Summarizing the nine-day UK decker bus (coach) and quickly em- Chesham and many historical sites
performing tour by the HRVHS barked on a jetlagged, whirlwind across London.
Chamber Singers is akin to dis- visit to Windsor Castle, Queen Eliz- Through it all a rich sensory
playing both sides of that exquisite abeth’s weekend home just outside palette connected each diverse day.
tapestry, and fitting the room-sized of London. Once outside London, each turn
hanging into a tiny suitcase. There From the castle, the chior jour- of the road yielded vistas of bril-
are so many sensations to relay, so neyed to the small town of Farn- liant yellow and golden daffodil
many logistics to appreciate. ham for a March 19 joint concert fields spreading out in every direc-
Take a deep breath, allow your with the Farnham Youth Choir. tion, separated by the vibrant
mind to wander to the land of King Tour students stayed with gener- spring green of grasses, crops and
Arthur’s legend, and relive a small ous host families and teens for two budding trees.
part of our teen singers’ once-in-a- days while preparing. At every stop, imposing stone
lifetime experience. On March 20, the group pro- structures — gothic churches to
Early in the wee hours of March gressed out to the westernmost pre-Christian standing stone cir-
17, the students, with 17 adult chap- point of England on the Cornwall cles — resounded with student
erones, flew across the Atlantic on peninsula. By March 24, the choir voices singing medieval Christian
a journey of musical and personal had circled back again to London chants, Bollywood film scores, Bud-
discovery. — holding seven formal concerts dhist meditations, American spiri-
The Chamber Singers, under the and many impromptu ensembles tuals and Sufi prayers.
guidance of Mark Steighner, along the way. Long and sometimes arduous
HRVHS music director, spent six The singers visited Tintagel Cas- walks led through ancient cobble-
months preparing for the musical tle (legendary site of King stone streets, castle ruins, sea


are (clockwise from top) Glastonbury
Tor; Truro Cathedral; stained glass in St.
Materiana’s church above Tintagel;
choral “busking” added to charity
funds; Minack Theater in west Corn-
wall; St. Michael’s Mount tidal cause-
way and castle and HRVHS Chamber
Singers at Truro Cathedral.
The map of England shows the route
the group took around the southern
end of the country. Many of the stops
were at the far southwest, including
Lands End and St. Michael’s Mound.
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“As with nearly every tour,
performances of the music
Continued from Page C1 began tentatively and grew
in assurance. When the stu-
sung ensemble pieces. dents sang William Byrd’s
The choir’s musical expe- “Ave verum” in the ancient
riences hinged on formal, chapel at Tintagel, they were
pre-publicized choral con-
certs, which drew both large
not so much performing as Their voices together are breathtaki
praying — in the broadest,
and intimate audiences.
Performances were held
most inclusive sense. That is, moving.
they were offering their
in holy spaces constructed music as a statement of
during every time period — thanks — for the beautiful
from World War II back to day and their experience of
the dark ages and beyond being in a genuinely time-
into prehistoric times. less, holy place,“ Steighner
Students experienced the said of the students’ growth
acoustic perfection of as musicians during the
churches built specifically tour.
for the medieval chants in Beyond the moments
their repertoire along with taken away by the group,
venues more supportive of some special benefits were
their contemporary selec- left behind in their host
tions. country as well. Several
“The choir could finally charitable organizations uti-
hear how certain music was lized the HRVHS concerts to
meant to be performed with- fundraise for various causes,
in a particular church archi- including a local food bank
tecture,” said Steighner. and tsunami victims in
“They could understand why Japan.
the composers left spaces in A particularly successful
the music to accommodate event featured the HRVHS Photos by Julie Raefield-Gobbo
the resonance of the stone singers at a national “Help
walls.” A CROWD of over 1,200 attended the Chamber Singers’ Truro Cathedral concert. While visiting a
for Heroes” choral concert
Highlights for students in- held at Truro Cathedral.
Christopher Wren church in London (below), Duncan Krummel was allowed a turn at playing Mozart
cluded the unplanned The March 22 fundraiser (and a bit of jazz) on a working 1769 bellows organ, while Ian Baxter looked on.
solemn, group “sings” which for wounded U.K. soldiers

On Video:
erupted spontaneously in drew more than 1,200 people In an emotional finale at tronics, music, videography,
isolated early churches or and was broadcast live to the event, Steighner directed sightseeing and concert lo-
ancient outdoor sites of wor- troops overseas. seven choirs and a live band gistics over nine days and
in a united performance of tens of locations.
“You Raise Me Up” — earn- Yes, there were a few
Steighner has posted several
ing a boisterous standing snags and challenges. But, of the trip’s performances on
ovation. like the tapestry mentioned YouTube: For a medley of
Along with the creation of before, these remained most- multiple songs and perfor-
musical beauty, the choir ly hidden in the warp, allow- mance sites including a
also enjoyed some local cul- ing the primary beauty of stone circle gathering see:
tural treats from others. the music to shine forth.
While visiting Newquay, Steighner credits his long- fWgDF_aHeF4
the group spent an evening time tour teammates, Tom
listening to Cornish stories Schaefer and Nancy Merz,
from a fiddle and harp duo. for much of the preparatory students with a visit to hear
Another evening offered the planning and coordination their performance at St.
teens a two-hour-long details. Mary Anne Parrot Mary’s Church in Chesham.
Ceilidh (Celtic dance party), provided accompaniment, “They are just wonderful!”
where students were taught and 13 additional choir par- exclaimed Neitzel, as she
traditional country-dance ents paid for the opportunity dashed off to catch a train
steps, accompanied by a to tag along and provide 24/7 back into London.
local Cornish-Celt band. supervision of the teens. Arriving home at Portland
Behind all the splendor of “Our chaperones did an International Airport at 9
England in spring, the sa- amazing job of providing p.m. March 26, the group
cred music and the spectacu- physical, moral, emotional, looked, to coin an English
lar vistas were the hours of logistical, organizational, phrase, “Well spent!” — a
preparation and supervision and even medical support. worthy result for any spring
that went into making the What a great group of break adventure.
trip a possibility. adults!” said Steighner. Oh, and in case you were
Imagine meeting the Due to a bit of lucky tim- wondering, the weather was
needs of 49 teens and 17 ing, at the Chamber Singers’ mild and sunny for all but
adults for meals, rooms, lug- final concert, HRVHS Princi- one of the tour days, and the
gage, passports, tickets, elec- pal Karen Neitzel surprised food was excellent.


Fire levels Cooper Spur Inn in 1951

100 YEARS AGO — 1911 sary. It for ms a smooth, ties have just received word Sunday Easter egg hunt, an- campaign, and these five
hard, non-absorbent surface that the training course in nounces the sponsoring local were the best. First place
Early spring weather has from which dirt and grime Aviation Sheet Metal work eagles fraternal organiza- winner was Nicole Perry;
brought big business to the can be easily wiped off. It has been finally approved for tion. One change in ground close behind in second place
boat lines and they are mov- protects and saves the sur- the Hood River area, and rules is noted by the spon- was Molly Level; others are
ing a lot of freight as well as face. E.A. Franz Co. arrangements for getting sors. Parents will not be per- Karen Joplin, third, Robin
passeng ers. T he war m this course started are being mitted to hunt with the Lucas, fourth, and Rick
weather has made a good 80 YEARS AGO — 1931 made as rapidly as possible. youngsters. As in past years, Vanover, fifth.
stage of water, which, ac- When Crag Rats feel real It is expected that the class specially-marked eggs will
cording to Capt. Alden, of a m b i t i o u s a n d h ave n o will start about April 14, and yield prizes for the lucky 20 YEARS AGO — 1991
The Dalles City, had been the o t h e r wo rk t o d o, t h e y will include lay-out work, finders, and the Eagles indi- (Photo caption) Andrew
lowest during the winter for motor out to their plot of riveting and sub-assembly. cate a bumper crop of eggs McElderry, owner of An-
a number of years. The raw land west of town on M.L. Bullard, assistant state will be waiting for all com- drew’s Pizza and Bakery at
Dalles City will run until the Columbia river highway supervisor of National De- ers. 107 Oak St. in Hood River,
April 1st, when the Gatzert and clear a few more square fense Training, has given the throws pizza dough in his
will take the run. About May feet in anticipation of go-ahead signal. 40 YEARS AGO — 1971 new shop. McElderry sells
1st it is expected that the building a Crag Rat club- (Photo caption) Ken Tamu- pizza-by-the-slice and 18-inch
Gatzert will commence mak- house in the future. One of 60 YEARS AGO — 1951 ra will lead students at Hood whole pizzas at his business,
ing round trips daily. River the direct results of the Fire of undetermined ori- River Valley High school located in the former Sail
men still keep pounding work is that several of the gin leveled the Cooper Spur next year as student body Away Subs building. The 25-
away on Hood River getting a mountain men are undergo- inn early Sunday evening, president. Next to him are year-old pizza maker of Nan-
dock near the city, and be- ing treatment for poison destroying a landmark at the Mike Jackson, first vice pres- tucket, Mass., opened his
lieve it would be a big thing oak, and one, at least, has junction seven miles south of ident, and Phil Henderson, shop March 8 and plans to
for the town if it could be discovered that his boasted Parkdale. Mrs. Marle Ward, second vice president. In the add to the menu “baked-
done. immunity to this tantaliz- who had operated the café- second row are secretary fresh-daily” goods including
S.A. Helmer, a pioneer resi- ing weed was mistaken. tavern, was reported to be Kaylene Blackburn; publici- scones, breads, muf fins,
dent of Mount Hood, is in a L.M. Karstetter has re- visiting in Portland at the ty manager Debbie Culbert- cookies and cinnamon buns
Portland sanatorium in a seri- ceived a letter from a broth- time. By the time the Park- son; treasurer Jim Cason in late June.
ous condition brought about, er in Pennsylvania and is dale rural fire department and assistant secretary (Photo caption) Hood
it is stated by Mrs. Helmer, by now in a state of consider- force appeared on the scene Linda Wetherell. They were River Police Officer Jerry
taking a Chinese remedy ad- a b l e e l a t i o n ove r t h e the entire one-story struc- elected in a ballot taken just Brown and Deputy Chief Joe
vertised as a cure for rheuma- prospects of securing a ture was ablaze and beyond before spring vacation. Wampler Jr. pose next to
tism. Mr. Helmer has almost slice in a huge estate be- saving. (Photo caption) Saving nearly 100 marijuana plants
lost his hearing and is also be- longing to his pater nal (Advertisement) pitchers’ arms, a free wheel- discovered at a Hull Street
coming blind. He is said to greatgrandfather. The letter Hurry…Hurry…Last Day ing pitching machine feeds home Wednesday. One man
have become as weak as a stated that the courts had Saturday — Hey Kids! Free fast balls, curves and just was arrested at the scene,
child and grave fears are en- cleared the way for a distri- Hopalong Cassidy Radio, by about any other pitch to and an indictment was ex-
tertained for his life. bution of this estate, esti- Arvin. Nothing to Buy! Just Hood River Valley High bat- pected Friday against a sec-
90 YEARS AGO — 1921 mated to exceed a valuation some in and register your ters in practice. One trouble ond suspect. More than 275
of a hundred million dol- name. See Bartmess Knee- — HRV hasn’t had much op- plants were seized.
The Game Protective as- lars, and that heirs are now land information. Marshall- portunity to give the ma-
sociation last week released being sought. The estate Wells Stores. Bartmess-Knee- chine a workout so far this 10 YEARS AGO — 2001
24 pairs of valley (or crest- consists of large tracts of land, Owners, 2nd & Oak spring because of inclement (Photo caption) Three
ed) quails at various points land in southeastern Penn- Streets, Phone 6877. weather. The pitching gear local ladies celebrated their
in the county. The associa- sylvania and in Holland, can be set to vary speed and recent 100th birthdays last
tion also plans on securing and until recently the titles 50 YEARS AGO — 1961 type of pitch being delivered. week at a party thrown by
some Bob White quail later were under contest. Hood River county’s new In this case, Mas Watanabe is Down Manor. From left are
in the season and, on ar- airport will be dedicated in feeding the machine. Esther Shepherd, Mabel Cal-
rival, these will be set free 70 YEARS AGO — 1941 dramatic and comprehensive lender and Francis Smith.
to make homes and raise The Hudson Motor compa- day-long Fourth of July cere- 30 YEARS AGO — 1981 The birthday gals were pre-
families in the valley. The ny’s line of 1941 model cars monies according to Dan Di It was scheduled as an all- sented with pink roses and
association asks ranchers to will be distributed in the lullo, recently appointed school event when Mid Val- cake, which they shared with
take an interest in these Hood River area by C.J. Hood River county junior ley scheduled a balloon re- a dining room-full of cele-
birds if they locate them, es- Smith, owner of Smith’s chamber of commerce air- lease Thursday, March 26, brants.
pecially during the winter Auto Park, on the Columbia port dedication committee promptly at 1 p.m. Purpose of The International Muse-
s e a s o n . Q u a i l a r e we l l river highway at the west chairman. De lullo stated the project is to determine um of carousel Art in Hood
p r ove n f r i e n d s o f t h e edge of this city. Appoint- that he anticipated a large where wind currents will River will offer free admis-
far mer and spend the ment of Smith as Hudson turnout by valley residents take the gas-filled balloons. sion during April. Carousel
greater part of their waking distributor was made this to enjoy the program which Plans called for releasing collector Duane Perron said
hours cleaning up the bugs week, by Ray Albee, Portland will feature a fly in break- about 300 balloons. To each, the promotion is a way of ac-
which play havoc in the or- distributor of Hudson cars fast, large commercial plane in a plastic bag, a note was to quainting the museum to the
chard and garden tracts. and Smith already has two display, military displays, jet give some basic instructions community and providing
(Advertisement) Painted models which he is demon- flyovers, military helicopter to the finder of the balloon. exposure to downtown busi-
Floors Save Housework — strating to Hood River mo- visitations, special aerobat- The program is being car- nesses. The museum is home
Bare wood floors, especially torists. Hudson and Terra- ics, simulated bombing, and ried out simultaneously to the largest and most com-
k i t c h e n f l o o r s, r e q u i r e plane cars are well known in for mal dedication cere- throughout the country. prehensive collection of an-
much back breaking work, the Hood River area. New monies. (Photo caption) There tique carousel art in the
scrubbing, to keep them models are economically Hood River high’s verdant were more than 40 young world, Perron said.
clean. Acme quality floor priced at from $885 to $1595. lawn will again be the hunt salespeople in the 1981 Hood — Compiled by Esther K.
paint makes this unneces- Hood River school authori- scene for this town’s annual River News subscription Smith, news staff writer