Ch­ester River Cho­rale be­gins its 18th sea­son of song

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — For any­one who loves to sing, the 80-plus mem­bers of the Ch­ester River Cho­rale ex­tends an in­vi­ta­tion to join the group at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Sept. 12, in the Wes­ley Room of Heron Point. This will be the first re­hearsal of the fall.

No au­di­tions are re­quired and the mu­sic is pro­vided. Any­one wish­ing to join should be­ing their voice, $50 for dues, stu­dents are free, and the de­sire to sing for the joy of it.

Reg­u­lar Cho­rale prac­tices are 7 p.m. Mon­day nights at Heron Point. If any­one is un­able to make it to the Sept. 12 prac­tice, come to the Sept. 19 prac­tice in­stead.

Un­der the pro­fes­sional lead­er­ship of Dou­glas D. Cox, the Cho­rale’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, and ac­com­pa­nist Sam Mar­shall, the am­a­teur singers of the Cho­rale, drawn pri­mar­ily from Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties, have been play­ing to stand­ing-room-only au­di­ences at con­certs in re­cent years.

Cox has put to­gether an ex­cit­ing pro­gram for the an­nual hol­i­day con­cert in early De­cem­ber. Once again, the cho­rale will col­lab­o­rate with the Ch­ester River Youth Choir, founded and di­rected by cho­rale mem­ber Julie Lawrence.

In early Oc­to­ber, peo­ple of all ages and voices, cho­rale mem­bers or not, are in­vited to the Gospel Extravaganza work­shop and con­cert at Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton. At the free two day event, par­tic­i­pants can learn the his­tory and tech­niques of singing and play­ing gospel mu­sic from Dr. Robert L. Jef­fer­son, pi­anist, singer, composer and a lead­ing ex­pert in the gospel art form.

The spring con­cert in April, en­ti­tled Hooray for Hol­ly­wood, will fo­cus on tunes from Tin­sel Town. Mem­bers of the Cho­rale will also per­form songs of lib­erty dur­ing the Ch­ester­town Tea Party week­end lead­ing up to Me­mo­rial Day in late May. A fifth year of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in June is pos­si­ble pend­ing fi­nal de­ci­sions on the NMF pro­gram.

The Ch­ester River Cho­rale is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion funded in part by Yerkes Con­struc­tion Co., the Hedgelawn Foun­da­tion, the Kent County Arts Coun­cil and the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil, an agency ded­i­cated to cul­ti­vat­ing a vi­brant cul­tural com­mu­nity where the arts thrive.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. chester­river­chorale.org check out the Cho­rale on Face­book or call 410–928– 5566.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Ch­ester River Cho­rale and Youth Choir per­form.

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