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Tahoe Choir sings American favorites

Selections from the pens of many of America’s finest popular composers, from Foster to Sondheim, will be sung May 3, 4 and 5 by the Tahoe Choir. The concert, in celebration of the choir’s 30th anniversary spring concert, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Tahoe Community College Theater.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the college box office as well as from choir members and at the college book store.

The event will include an incredible amount of music for audiences. Selections from “The Music Man,” “Into the Woods,” West Side Story,” “Oklahoma,” “Of Thee I Sing,” “Camelot,” “Showboat” and “Where’s Charlie” are not only celebrated by song by the choir, but by ensembles, quartets, duets and soloists as well.

Both Linda Mitchell, the conductor, and Linda Madden Hughes, who founded the choir in 1971 and is this show’s stage director, promise audiences fun, joy, poignancy and even a few tears. The concert will be staged and costumed and slides will depict or suggest the mood of the songs. Bernstein and Copeland’s classical contributions will be sung as well. There will even be dancing in “Once in Love with Amy.”

According to Mitchell and Hughes, “The choir is the total sum of each singer’s individual talent, which audiences will hear in its soloists and small ensembles.”

For the first time in a spring concert audiences will be asked to join the choir in singing “God Bless America.” Sally Parker, diverting from her role as accompanist, will open with a Joplin rag.

For audiences who have attended the choir’s concerts in a lighter vein over the years, two numbers are a revival from 1986. “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof” is a somewhat middle-aged view of the same three (then younger) women who performed it 15 years ago. And Al Zajic’s “Old Man River” will stir emotions once again.


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