GILFORD — Lakes Region Singers, the well-known community choral group that performs at First United Methodist Church on Route 11-A in Gilford, will kick off their fall concert season with a meeting of the advisory board on Monday, September 9.
This planning group – which consists of LRS director Karen Jordan and LRS members Mary Albert, Kelly Cleveland, Charlotte Cox, Lorraine Gebhardt, Paul Stickney, Betty Welch, and Rachel Young – will meet to discuss ways to expand their impact on the community and their outreach to music lovers in the Lakes Region.
Jordan said, "Not only our membership but also our audience attendance have been booming during the past couple of years. And with the creation of our Youth Chorus, we have been broadening the age range of our musical appeal. Our advisory board continues to be helpful in offering new ideas and new interests from the community."
Rehearsals for the fall concert season will begin on Tuesday, September 17, a week earlier than in previous years, to accommodate the varied and challenging new musical program. The Youth Chorus (for young singers aged 6 to 13) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church, and the Adult Chorus will meet at 7:30 p.m. "We welcome anyone interested in performing good music, and we don't require auditions," said Jordan, "so if you know anyone who might like to join our groups, encourage them to come, or better yet, bring them along!"
There will again be two performances of the Christmas Concert, one on Friday, December 20, and another on Sunday, December 22. This year's dynamic program includes traditional pieces like "Carol of the Magi," and "I Wonder As I Wander," as well as fun arrangements of "Jingle Bells" and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." The inspiring melody "Believe" from the recent movie Polar Express will be performed by both Youth and Adult Choruses together. Vocal soloists will be featured, along with cello, flute, and oboe accompaniments.