Hundreds of donated items will be available at the H-F Master Singers auction “Passport to Prague and Beyond” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Homewood-Flossmoor High School South Building school cafeteria, 999 Kedzie Ave.
Guests can bid through a silent auction for a range of items, or a live auction for the bigger donations, and enjoy tasty delights throughout the evening. A menu of special appetizers represents the flavors and traditions of Budapest, Prague and Vienna – the singers’ three stops on their European tour. Students will be serving Hungarian goulashes, stuffed cabbages, bread dumplings, noodles and hunter-style poultry, and of course Viennese desserts.
The fundraiser will help send 55 of H-F’s talented students on a 10-day spring break performance trip. Students have worked for months giving their time to various projects including candy sales, selling snacks to students during summer school session, selling poinsettias this past holiday season and a number of other initiatives that helped reduce their individual costs for the trip.
Choir Director Michael Rugen has selected performance pieces that were written specifically for some of Europe’s great cathedrals. The choir has learned pieces in Hebrew, Latin and French.
Multi-talented H-F senior Rosie Joyce went to China with the H-F band and Spain with the H-F orchestra and will be on the Europe trip this spring. She plans to double major in theater and music in college. Her excitement is mounting for the chance to sing in some of the major churches.
“In Spain, even though I went with the orchestra, those of us in the choir got to sing a little. I remember it was a totally different experience as a vocalist from an instrumentalist,” Joyce said. “I’m excited to have that chance because last year it was kind of life-changing to sing there. The sound reverberates back to you because of the wonderful acoustics.”
This major fundraiser is hosted by the H-F Choral Parents Association, a volunteer organization, with the sponsoring group Homewood-Flossmoor Fine and Performing Arts Council.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For additional information, visit hfmastersingers.org.