The final concert for the deGraffenried Chorale this season will be this weekend at the historic Logan County Courthouse.
The Chorale will be performing a fun show titled “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” and there will be several types of music performed. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., but you will want to get there early as the annual silent auction will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the hallway on the first floor of the courthouse.
“We’ll be featuring not only the Chorale, but some talented soloists and a few smaller ensembles,” said Chorale director Mary Beth Dowden. “We have our silent auction, which we’ll be doing that night. That’s always a big fundraiser for us. We will have a lot of really nice things that people can place bids on.”
The opening number will be a piece by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The concert will include both old standards and newer pieces of music, including “Your Song” by Elton John, “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Some of the old standards that will be performed include My Way, I’ll Be Seeing You, Moon River and The Song is You.
There will also be pieces from Broadway musicals such as selections from Camelot and Phantom of the Opera.
“We’ve even got a Gospel quartet with David Atkins, Wade Baker and Rose and Frank Walton,” Dowden said. “That’s a little different for us. They will be singing ‘He Set Me Free.’ The whole night will have a nice variety and a good mix of music.”
There are a handful of Chorale members who will not get to participate in this concert, but the smaller group hearkens back to the beginning of the Chorale.
“When we started back in 1978, we weren’t large in numbers,” Dowden said. “So this will be a little like that. But it’s going to be awesome and we certainly hope that people will come and have a good time.”
Once again, the Chorale will be accompanied by a pair of talented musicians.
“We are so blessed to have Tom O’Kelley be playing percussion with us – he adds a lot and gives it a nice touch,” Dowden said. “And also so blessed with Susan Fox as an accompanist. She is just so, so talented.”
The concert and silent auction could not take place without a lot of hard work from the Chorale’s dedicated members.
“It’s been a lot of work by our officers who pulled together to make this all happen,” Dowden said. “We’re going to be dedicating this concert to Sally Ann Strickler, who passed away about three weeks ago. She was a Chorale member and a great supporter even after she moved to Bowling Green. This show will be in memory of her talent. It was a sad thing that we lost her.”
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