BCCO’s performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah during our spring 2014 season were graced by the BCCO debut of tenor Jim Demler. Jim’s singing career is centered in Boston, where he is on the faculty of Boston University, and he is the son-in-law of BCCO board member, alto, and current VP of Development Betty Pigford. Our audience will remember Jim for his sonorous baritone, and the dramatic way he brought the character of Elijah to life on the concert stage. Despite a demanding rehearsal schedule – a session with our other soloists and Ming on Sunday, a rehearsal with the chorus Monday and a dress rehearsal Wednesday – Jim and Betty found time on an empty Tuesday evening to catch the San Francisco Giants in a home game at AT&T Park on the Bay. How do we know this? Because partway through the game the board email list lit up with a “did you see that?!” email from our president pointing out that Betty was on camera. With instant playback available over the internet, it was confirmed. There were Betty and Jim waving at the camera, sporting gloves in the stands on a cool evening. The cameraman knew when he had a star in his lens – he filmed Betty and Jim not only during the spell between outs but went back to them when the half- inning ended and the broadcast went to commercials. The visuals are charming. But the treat is the commentary by the broadcast announcer. Those in the chorus know how capable Betty is. It’s marvelous that this was immediately obvious to the announcer also! [Note: “gamer babe” – a trademark term used by the SFGiants broadcast announcer to denote a committed female fan.]
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