Monday, July 2, 2012

Indroducing the Bourné Family: Christina

By: Christina Bourné
Bringing the joy of music, love, and whimsy, the Bourné Family joins the Auditorium for the second performance in our Katten/Landau Studio Series. The Bourné Family, composed of 8 children and their mother, is a talented tour de force, combining unique vocal harmonies that are often referred to by their fans as “the voices of angels.”

Meet Christina Bourné, 2nd eldest of the 8 Bourné siblings performing alongside their mother in our upcoming performance in the Katten/Landau Studio Series this summer. As a vocalist, Christina is a Lyric Soprano. She has also been a member of Auditorium Theatre staff for the last 5 years in different capacities and now serves as our Interim Director of Education. As one of our own, we could not be more excited to see her make her official Auditorium Theatre debut as a performer. We sat down with Christina to learn a little more about her family and what to anticipate for The Bourné Family: Welcome to Our Home on July 21.

ATRU: Can you describe the different roles you’ve served here at the Auditorium Theatre?
I have definitely worn many hats here! I have worked as the lead musical coach for Hands Together, Heart to Art camp, as a member of the Development team for events and data entry, and also selling for Group Sales. I have served as the Assistant Stage Manager for Too Hot to Handel and the occasional "unofficial understudy" for shows we have on our stage. Now, I have stepped into this position leading Hands Together, Heart to Art Camp this year. It’s all been a wonderful whirlwind!

ATRU: Will you tell us some fun facts about your family?

Christina: There are so many to choose from!  One of my favorite things to do every year is go caroling as a family. We, of course, go around Christmas but sometimes go during other times of the year as well, making up our own medley of songs.

Another fun fact, we write a lot of our songs playing a family sing-a-long version of the game “Telephone.”  We all sit in a circle, somebody comes up with a phrase and it passes from ear to ear, you know, like classic “Telephone,” except the last person to hear the phrase has the guitar and he or she has to create a song based on what they think they heard.  The melody for our song “Darling” actually was created off of this game. 

Thanksgiving is also a riot. We aren’t allowed to come to dinner unless we dress up as some type of Pilgrim or Indian.

ATRU: What are you most looking forward to about your show in the Katten/Landau Studio this month?

Christina: Well, we picked “Welcome to Our Home” as the title because we wanted the audience to feel like they were stepping into our zany world.  We are a fun and loving bunch of down-to-earth musicians, and we want to be able to share our music and our personalities with a broader audience. I think this show will really allow us to do that.

ATRU: Finally, if you could have dinner with one iconic artist, who would it be?

Christina: Beverly Sills, the opera singer.  I truly respect and admire her work. 

The Bourné Family: Welcome to Our Home
Click HERE for tickets and information.

Venue: Auditorium Theatre Katten/Landau Studio, 425 S. Wabash
Saturday, July 21, 2012
8:00 pm

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