Marking the calendar for 140

I got my official “save the date” mailer for the Virginia Glee Club’s 140th Anniversary celebration last night. I haven’t been to a reunion weekend since the 125th back in 1995, so am eagerly looking forward to attending.

Not least on the reasons that I want to return: the opportunity to sing under four great Club conductors. I haven’t seen John Liepold since 1996 or so, so am looking forward to renewing acquaintances. I only met Bruce Tammen once, at a Clubhouse party in the late 90s. I had a blast singing with Frank Albinder’s Glee Club this spring when the group came through on their Northeastern tour.

And I’m especially interested to sing with Donald Loach. While I came into the group at a time when there were still a lot of hurt feelings over the separation in 1989, the more I learn about his tenure as Club director (still the longest serving at 25 years), the more respect I have for him and what he was able to accomplish. It should be interesting to see what happens.

2 thoughts on “Marking the calendar for 140”

  1. I got mine yesterday too. I’m thinking about going, although I guess I have time to decide. I haven’t visited UVa since 2003, and it would be great to sing under all those directors.

  2. Tim –

    I received my invite a couple of days ago and my magnet is hanging on my fridge as a reminder. I haven’t been back to the U in several years and haven’t sung with them since a Spring Concert a few years after I took my degree (1986).

    I look forward to seeing Mr. Loach again and catching up with various alums I haven’t seen in nearly 25 years.

    Thanks for all of the hard work you’ve put into this blog and this project. It has been a great trip down memory lane!

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