NQC 2009: Saturday
Due to time constraints, I will have to keep this post brief.
The Cathedrals Remembered showcase in the afternoon was spectacular. Since I got there early enough to get a front row seat, I decided not to take notes, as that would look odd on film. I plan to discuss the concert in more detail, adding observations from seeing it in person, once the DVD comes out later this year.
A complete list of Fan Awards winners is here. Overall, there was little surprising enough to be noteworthy in most categories; in many of the categories, the person who won the award last year won it again this year. There were a few notable exceptions:
- Triumphant Quartet picked up their first Male Quartet of the Year win.
- Their bass singer, Eric Bennett, won Bass Singer of the year for the first time.
- Perrys lead singer Joseph Habedank won his first fan award, Young Artist.
- Libbi Perry Stuffle won Favorite Alto for the first time in three or four years. The Habedank and Stuffle wins show that the Perrys’ current lineup (well, particularly the Habedank/Stuffle combination) has now been together long enough to build the kind of connection with their fans that they had in the Stuffle/Loren Harris days.
- The Crist Family won Horizon Group of the Year. This was particularly thrilling for me since I had spent the week updating their website (among several others, none of whom were also up for the award). [EDIT, 6/7/12: Broken link removed.]
Quite honestly, after Fan Awards ended, I took Saturday night off and (during those times I was able to be in Freedom Hall) just sat back and enjoyed the songs. Two highlights that stick out in my memory are the Kingdom Heirs’ “He Locked the Gates” (a much stronger response than earlier in the week) and the Perrys’ “If You Knew Him.” There was applause when the soundtrack kicked off, more when Joseph started singing the first verse, more at the end of the first and second verses, and a standing ovation by the bridge. This song seems on the verge of defining this iteration of the Perrys—the song people will remember this lineup by.
NQC 2009 was an incredibly long but also incredibly enjoyable and memorable experience. In addition to all the posts I did on this site and on other sites, I also did a fair number of feature interviews, which you will get the chance to read in the coming months. Thanks for tuning in!