The Livingston Parish Children’s Choir hosted the Houston Boychoir June 9 at Northside Baptist Church in Denham Springs.
In 1996, when LPCC was in its fifth year as a choir, the long-established Houston Boychoir asked the Livingston group to host its members for a joint concert in Denham Springs, said Karen Bock, of the LPCC. The Houston group was traveling to a New Orleans event and decided to add a concert.
This April, Bock said, they called and asked to come back to Denham Springs for another concert.
“I was so happy with the results,” Bock said.
The Knights of Columbus cooked jambalaya for both choirs.
The LPCC Chorale, directed by Barbara Walker and Melanie Rushing, began the evening with two Louisiana songs —“You Are My Sunshine” and “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans” — before the HBC joined the Livingston Parish group onstage for the classical song “Panis Angelicus.”
The Houston chorus, directed by Carol Nelson and Evan Key, sang a variety of classical, folk and barbershop songs before ending the concert with a few Texas-themed songs —“Gunfighter’s Lament” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”
On this trip, Bock said, the 34 boys stayed overnight in the homes of LPCC families.