Friday, July 10, 2009

Biking for Bach

Tomorrow, my amazing husband Dennis – psychologist, philosopher, human compass, cyclist, singer, guitarist, father – will cycle a century (that’s 100 miles in a single go) to support CONCORA, Connecticut Choral Artists, the all-professional choral ensemble in which I sing. Dennis will ride with Pete Perkins, a long-time CONCORA singer who started the CONCORA Bike-a-Thon several years ago and leads it each year, raising thousands of dollars for this wonderful organization. This is the second time that Dennis has ridden this event with Pete.

Here’s a photo of Dennis (left) and Pete (right), taken before one of their training rides last week. They expect to complete tomorrow’s ride in 7 to 8 hours.

Will you support this extraordinary effort to raise funds for CONCORA by making a pledge? Donate anything from a dime to a dollar a mile, or a fixed amount. CONCORA is accepting pledges both before and after the ride. You can make your donation online at CONCORA’s website by clicking here or pledge by phone at 860-224-7500. You may also click here to print out a pledge sheet from CONCORA’s web site, which you may pass around to friends and family. Mail the completed form to CONCORA at 52 Main St., New Britain, CT 06051, email it to fax it to (860) 827-8890. Or if you prefer, contact me privately and I will take your pledge for you.

Dennis, who sings with CONCORA's Summer Festival chorus and The Hartford Chorale (and supports my choral singing habit), is a former bike racer and triathlete. In the “old days” we traveled to USCF races all over New England almost every weekend during the racing season. Especially in the last few years of his career, he did quite well and we had a blast. Those of you who know his personal history and the events of the past week will be doubly impressed that he is riding this century tomorrow. (Isn't that alone worth a generous pledge??) It’s not his first hundred-mile ride of the year, and he often rides 50, 60, 70, or more miles several times a week. He has a beautiful Cervélo bike (see photo) which is a real work of art.

On July 19, Dennis, Peter, and I will join about 130 other singers on the first day of CONCORA’s Summer Festival. This year, we’re preparing an all-Duruflé program which we’ll present on Saturday, July 25 in Hartford at 4:00 p.m. – read more about it HERE. I’ve just finished preparing the program notes for that concert (I’ll post here about that as soon as I recover) and I can promise you that it will be an extraordinary concert that you won’t want to miss.
Your pledge to the Bike-a-Thon will help to keep CONCORA singing!

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