Made it to the Talisman concert this afternoon. Was a short concert (only an hour), but good.
Lovely voices, lovely harmonies. Good music. I'd heard various of the songs on their recordings, but there was also new stuff. I particularly liked their rendition of "Lift Every Voice."
I also liked hearing their intros to the songs. I forgot to mention in my previous entry that they regularly visit South Africa and exchange songs with the locals there; one of the songs they did today was something they learned from South African schoolkids.
I think there were 22 people in the group. The audience numbered roughly 250--all seats and most of the floorspace were taken by the time I arrived, right at the scheduled starting time, and more of the floorspace filled in during the next ten minutes, before the concert started. The crowd was very enthusiastic. After the standing ovation at the end of the main set, the singers invited the Talisman alums in the audience to join them for a final song; about 15 audience members, presumably all alums, jumped up and joined them.
I was pleased to see that the group is still a wide mix of skin colors--I'm guessing that various members are of African, European, East Asian, and South Asian descent. Nobody obviously Native American or Latino or Australian, but it wouldn't surprise me if the group members' backgrounds were even more diverse than they looked. I was also pleased at the wide mix of skin colors in the audience.
The group is also doing some interesting cultural-exchange stuff with kids from East Palo Alto and South Africa, but I'm too sleepy to go into that now, so I'll come back to that later.
Sadly, I had a hard time turning off the BITBOMH (the Blogger In The Back Of My Head) (a.k.a. the BIMH); kept thinking about what I was going to say about the concert afterward rather than just relaxing and enjoying the music. Still, I did enjoy it, and I highly recommend attending their next one, for anyone local who likes this kind of thing.