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Peninsula Chamber Singers Present Spring Concert

Following the tradition of presenting music from all parts of the musical spectrum, Artistic Director Merle Colburn crafted the spring concert for the Peninsula Chamber Singers (PCS) with a two part program. “How Can I Keep From Singing” will be performed Saturday, May 9 at 7 pm at the United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay and Sunday, May 10 at 2 pm at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.

The sacred, first portion of the concert consists of three pieces:  “Gloria” by Jeffrey Rickard; “Te Deum” composed by John Rutter from text originating in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; and John Leavitt’s “Requiem,” which deviates from the traditional mass for the dead and instead provides solace to the living, proclaiming “How Can I Keep From Singing.”

Following intermission, the program changes direction to feature hit songs from movies and the Broadway stage, including:  “And All That Jazz” from Chicago; “The Colors of my Life” from Barnum, “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music; “More” from Mondo Cane; and “Americana,” a medley of American folksongs arranged by Zaninelli.

Audiences will also be treated to solo work by Scott Henry, baritone, and Loren Gilmore, Soprano, a small choir addition in the “Requiem,” conga drum accompaniment by Judy Paulson and a clarinet solo by Joy Manweiler. Also appearing will be The Doormen and the New Day Singers.

The performances will serve as the farewell concerts for piano accompanists, Kathryn Colburn and Katy Swender, both of whom will be retiring after this season; however, the two will continue to sing with PCS.

There is no admission charge for this concert; however a “free-will” offering will be taken. A minimum donation of at least $5 per person would be appreciated. For more information, please call 920.746.8920 or email [email protected].