October 28, 2017, 6:00-9:30pm, Cary Arts Center

Our first performance of the 2017-18 season will be a special event and you’re invited!

“Choose Something Like a Star” will be a celebration in honor of Lawrence Speakman,our co-founder and long term Artistic Director who is retiring after 26 years. Larry has enjoyed a long and successful career as choral and orchestral conductor, professional singer, church musician and private voice teacher. The CSC membership and community extend sincere congratulations and best wishes in his new endeavors (musical and otherwise) in South Carolina.

Our gala celebrating Larry’s accomplishments with CSC will take place at the Cary Arts Center on October 28, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm. Master of Ceremonies: Maestro William Henry Curry!

The Symphonic Choir will perform Randall Thompson’s Frostiana conducted by Lawrence Speakman, reprising the first-ever performance of the CSC in 1991. Alumni choir members will return to sing a commemorative piece as a tribute to Larry and Ingrid Speakman, conducted by our new artistic director Dr. Nathan Leaf. There will also be a video compilation of memories and achievements of the choir over the years, a festive catered reception, and a silent auction. We hope you can join us!

Tickets for the gala performance, catered reception (hors d’oeuvres) and silent auction are $35 (or 4 for $100!) (reserved seating, tax included). There will be a cash bar, and a shuttle for parking at the Town Hall Deck that runs 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Herb Young Community Center – here’s the shuttle route). Here’s a CAC parking map. (Academy St will be closed for the Harvest Fest, so expect a detour!)

Tickets are now on sale, details can be found here. Alumni who wish to sing with the choir for A Red, Red Rose will need to purchase tix using special code CSCAlum2017 to get VIP seating (up front).


6:00pm: Reception (Food + Cash Bar), Silent Auction Opens

7:30pm: Welcome, Choral Performance by CSC Alumni “A Red Red Rose”, Commemorative Video, “Speech, Speech!” (Larry), CSC Performance “Frostiana” conducted by Lawrence Speakman (reprising the first-ever performance of the CSC in 1991!)

8:30pm: Hors d’oeuvres Reception (cake!) and Silent Auction

9:30pm: Awarding of Silent Auction


Interested in being one of the gala sponsors? Contact us at info@ for more info.

Are you a CSC alum who’d like to participate in the musical performance? Contact Thom Haynes at membership@

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