Ta­lented young­sters

Youth chorale’s songs sure to brighten day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Contact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6002

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.

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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...

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