Youth chorale’s songs sure to brighten day
Get out the sunscreen, because this weekend a vocal group of youngsters is going to brighten your day.
The Minor Notes Chorale will be performing its first major concert of the year, “Fun in the Sun,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Majestic Theater, 209 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Tickets are $10 and available at the door, according to Eileen Thomas, chorus manager.
“It is a very uplifting, ‘welcome to spring’ event. It’s going to be a very upbeat, happy concert,” she said.
The group, under the guidance of Director Mark P. Thomas and Assistant Director Allison Kline, will be performing songs such as “Walking on Sunshine,” “Fun Fun Fun,” “Raining Sunshine,” “Pocketful of Sunshine” and “Brighter than the Sun,” among others, Thomas said.
But despite the selection of more popular music, the MNC — currently with 12 members ranging in age from 5 to 15 — has performed an array of musical genres at many venues.
“They perform all sorts of music. They have performed anywhere from ’50s music to pop music,” Eileen Thomas said. “We did an ’80s concert, to a capella music to classical music.”
MNC has performed with the Anthracite Philharmonic, Schuylkill Choral Society and at different sporting events, including at the Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies, as well as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team.
Don’t let the size fool you: the 12 members, all girls, fill out the roles of alto and soprano, and have promising musical acumen, with the help of their advisers, according to Eileen Thomas.
“They learn to read music, but when they perform a concert they do it without the music” sheets, she said. “With the older kids, Mark teaches them how to write music. There are different stages, but we try to make sure they can read (music) so they can learn to sing better. Most of our junior age kids have been with us for a while ... they move up the ranks.”
The MNC is the “first established youth chorus in Schuylkill County. It was started in January 2014,” Eileen Thomas said.
According to the website, “Its purpose is to create high level choral performances and music education to serve the youth of Schuylkill County.”
Thomas invites the public to come support the youth.
“If you’re looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon, come out and join. We’re going to lift your spirits,” she said. “We’ll bring out the sunshine.”
The MNC will next visit the United Nations in New York City to put on a show, and they’re always looking for new talent, Thomas said. For more information, visit the group’s website at www.minornotes.org.
The Minor Notes Chorale, rehearsing under the direction of Mark P. Thomas, left, will present its first major concert of the year, titled “Fun in the Sun,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Majest Theater, Pottsville. Among the members are, from left, Ava Antz...