Vo­cal­ists to per­form for Vet­er­ans Day Con­cert

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

Singers are get­ting to­gether for a Vet­er­ans Day con­cert this Satur­day, Nov. 11.

The Bella Vista Women’s Cho­rus, the Bella Vista Men’s Cho­rus, the Ben­tonville High School Cham­ber Choir and the bar­ber­shop-style singing group Per­fect Har­mony will be singing at the Bella Vista Com­mu­nity Church, lo­cated at 75 E Lan­cashire Blvd., 3 p.m. Satur­day.

Dr. Larry Zehring with the Women’s Cho­rus said that a mem­ber of the cho­rus sug­gested putting on the con­cert. The con­cert is free, he said, but do­na­tions will be col­lected to ben­e­fit the Vet­er­ans Wall of Honor and the Fayet­teville Na­tional Ceme­tery, the lat­ter of which needs funds to ex­pand.

“So we’re try­ing to help both of those causes,” he said. “We’re hop­ing for a good turnout and I think it’s a great cause and we have lots of peo­ple in this com­mu­nity who are vet­er­ans and

it’s an honor for us to do this for them.”

Zehring said he’s a vet­eran as well. He served in the Coast Guard, he said, pri­mar­ily han­dling res­cue mis­sions near Texas in the Gulf of Mex­ico.

John Matthews with the Men’s Cho­rus said the mu­sic at this con­cert would be pri­mar­ily pa­tri­otic and his spe­cific cho­rus is go­ing to be do­ing a salute to fallen vet­er­ans as well as each branch of

the mil­i­tary.

“We’re go­ing to be do­ing the armed forces med­ley, which salutes the five songs of the armed forces,” he said.

They’ll also be singing a hand­ful of songs that were pop­u­lar among sol­diers dur­ing the sec­ond world war, he said, as well as Blades of Grass and Pure White Stone.

He ap­pre­ci­ates the Women’s Choir spear­head­ing the ef­fort, he said, and he’s glad to see the young singers with the Ben­tonville High School Choir get­ting in­volved.

Terry Hicks, the Ben­tonville High School Choir’s

di­rec­tor, said he’s bring­ing 31 singers for a hand­ful of songs.

“We will be singing a piece called ‘Prayer of the Chil­dren,’ which I think is par­tic­u­larly mov­ing,” he said. “That one in par­tic­u­lar, I know the au­di­ence will en­joy.”

The choir, he said, will also be singing at the Noel event in De­cem­ber at the Arend Arts Cen­ter.

Karen Franken­field with Per­fect Har­mony said that her group is go­ing to bring a dif­fer­ent sound - they’re an a cap­pella bar­ber­shop-style group of singers from the area — in­clud­ing Bella Vis­tans

as well as women from Gravette and Rogers.

“It has a very dif­fer­ent fla­vor,” she said. “We sing be­cause we en­joy singing, we never charge for our per­for­mances.”

Bella Vista is for­tu­nate to have sev­eral singing groups, she said, which is un­usual for a town this size.

Get­ting them all to­gether is go­ing to be spe­cial she said, be­cause at the tail end of the con­cert, all the singers will get to­gether to per­form Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic.

“There will be a big com­bined ef­fort at the end,” Franken­field said.

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