Tonight I bring you the first of two partial shares, for two different reasons. This share, "Christmas with the Bentley Concert Choir 1976-77" is a record I found here in Kansas City in a thrift shop. At the time I thought I could share it, and then someone from the concert choir would find it online, and it would make their day! and they would tell all of their friends, and the world would be a happier place. And then I started to research the record and I found that there is a Bentley Concert Choir website offering CDs of this record for sale. Bittersweet, of course, that the CD is there for those who want it, but I can't share it for the internet community.
I tried to contact the choir alumni via the e-mail on the website, but there was no reply. So I've decided to share out four songs from the record, sharing since it is not commercially available, and limiting the number of songs out of respect for the work of the choir alumni to make the record available. If I'm asked to remove the share, I'll do that. But this music is really worth appreciation by a wider audience. And if you like what you hear, you can go the the Bentley Concert Choir website and order up a CD.
Looks like Bentley High School (Livonia, Michigan) has been closed since 1985, but their legacy of excellent music lives on. The choir's love and admiration of their director, Dr. Jerry Smith, is apparent on the choir website. And the musical achievement Dr. Smith was able to draw out of these students is amazing. Please enjoy a sample of the Bentley High School Concert Choir.
Bentley Concert Choirs site link