On Saturday, July 23rd it was Alyssa’s 21st birthday.  On this special day, Court & Country Vocal Ensemble performed at RMH in Chicago to continue celebrating Alyssa’s Life!

A total of 8 members of the ensemble attended - Sharon Spanogle (Director)-Soprano, Kerri-Ellen Kelly (Manager)-Soprano, Keith Rohrer-Baritone, Betsey Langan-Tenor, Wendy Richardson-Soprano, Carrie Dahlby-Alto, David Ordonez-Baritone and David Bannister-Baritone.

Their performance included titles such as Elle Mo’adei composed by Salamone Rossi (1623), Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin composed by William Cornysh dating back to the 16th Century, Benedictus composed by William Byrd (mass for three voices) dated 1591-1592, Fowre Arms, Two Neckes, One Wreathing composed by Thomas Weelkes (1608), O Occhi Manza Mia composed by Orlando di Lasso from the 16th Century and a variety of other sets. 

The Court & Country Vocal Ensemble surprised Yoli by singing a Happy Birthday song for Alyssa and it brought a lot of joy and happiness of the beautiful memories we have of Alyssa.  Each member received a little piece of Alyssa…. a copy of Alyssa’s Geisha Collage.

We give thanks to all of the Court & Country Vocal Ensemble members for coming out to the RMH in Chicago and performing for the families staying there as this was a special place for the Alvin family during Alyssa’s stay at Lurie Children’s Hospital.  We also thank Mark Shouger, RMH Director, for allowing us to host this music afternoon there.  Our mission is to continue to share Alyssa’s love of music with as many young patients going through treatment and bring them a bit of joy and hope into their lives.  This summer day in July we certainly did just that!