Final bars of 2009, the Xmas accenting is at a symphonic peak and CheeseB was running on a high note with frenzied customers on Saturday....hmmmm, perhaps that line of musical perfunctory isn't translating well that this was no ordinary weekend.
John MacMaster, gave a surprise performance for midday customers. John's voice filled the room with good tidings where everyone enjoyed a first row seat to one of the best voices that Canada exports. CheeseB was delighted of the honour to have him perform.The set included a mix of festive carols and some classic Arias such as Nessum Dorma with a performance that extended over an hour. Like matured cheese, Opera has a way of connecting with the soul. It's textured, melodic, powerful and expressive... and having a front row seat as I did makes a fan out of all.
Accompanying John was Melody McShane, a top conductor, keyboard and coach with a long history working locally with such personalities as Andrea Martin, Gino Vanelli, the late Gregory Hines and Mickey Rooney to name a few. Melody was delighted to rejoin with John at CheeseB from the last time that they worked together in Phantom of the Opera.
Xmas, Cheese, Opera singing....something is needed....Sparkling Wine! Colio Estate Wines were in attendance sampling CEV Lily 2008—Sparkling Wine.
With the last week before Xmas...there will be another guest checking in to greet customers, especially the little ones to do last minute checklists of gifts before the big outing...try to catch him from 1 to 3 pm, Dec 22 & 23.
(Note to self--a video camera would have been a better medium to share with you all this enlightened and entertaining performance--I'm going to look to Santa on making that possible for 2010)