Community Choir will present ‘A Tribute to Broadway’

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

Attention Caledonia area music lovers. If you like to sing and enjoy Broadway show tunes then the Caledonia Area Community Choir is planning something just for you.

According to choir director Jacolyn Mechtel plans are to present “A Tribute to Broadway” on Sunday, April 15 at the Caledonia Area Middle/High School theater.

“We’ve done a number of Easter cantatas in the past, which have been well-received. Last year’s cantata was so emotional, so spiritual. It was a very moving event. I felt we got a deep-felt response from the audience,” Mechtel recalled.

Mechtel said this year’s spring concert will be much “lighter.”

“We’ve kind of decided to have a spiritual performance one year and follow that with a more secular one,” Mechtel explained. “So we will be singing various songs from a number of different Broadway musicals this spring.”

Mechtel noted that last year’s cantata “nearly sang itself. It was so well-written and easy to sing. The pieces I’ve selected this year will not be as easy to learn, but I was able to get arrangements that will work well.

“We’re hoping to attract a few younger voices,” Mechtel continued. “Back when (former high school vocal instructor) Elliot Kranz was involved with this, he was able to encourage some of his students to take part in this. Last year we didn’t have those young voices. There is such a wonderful blend when you have a choir that has the bright, youthful voices combined with the more mature ones.”

The show tune pieces will be a little more on the “jazzy side” this year. Mechtel said the songs are fun and quite upbeat. She has selected popular songs from “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Oliver,” “The Fantastics,” “Hair,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” Annie Get your Gun,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Anything Goes.”

Last year 35 persons from the area were part of the choir. Mechtel hopes to have that many, if not a few more this year. Sandy Hanson-Morey will be the accompanist and Mechtel said other instrumentation for some of the numbers will be included via pre-recorded compact discs.

The Caledonia Area Community Choir will be holding practices Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 at the United Methodist Church.

“That’s the night we’ve got planned right now. But if the majority of the choir would like to try a different night, we can take a look at that,” Mechtel added.

“Singing in a choir is a wonderful experience. Many of us did it when we were in school. But there’s no reason why a person should quit enjoying such a wonderful experience just because you’re not in school anymore,” Mechtel said.

For more information, call (507) 725-5768 or just show up at the United Methodist Church on Thursday night.

You can contact Charlie Warner at charlie.warner@ecm-inc.com

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