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  • Choir to perform May 5

    Submitted to the Nevada City Advocate


    The annual spring concert of the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir that features songs by Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and Andrew Lloyd Webber will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Sierra Presbyterian Church. 

    The musical timeline for “Broadway Memories” begins with a choir favorite, “Stout- hearted Men” from the 1927 play “The New Moon,” and finishes with a medley of hits by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the 21st century musical “Jersey Boys.” Male voice arrangements of favorites such as “The Sound of Music” and “New York, New York” will be included.

    The Male Voice Choir is the direct descendant of Cornish miner men’s choirs that sang in Grass Valley for more than 90 years. Eleanor Kenitzer, who revived the Cornish singing tradition in 1990 with the Cornish Carol Choir, is the founder and director of the group. Choir members are a non-auditioned group of 45 men from all walks of life. New members are always welcome. 

    Commitment to the community is a core value of the choir, fulfilled by its revenue-sharing partnerships with local non-profits. Concert ticket revenues are shared with groups such as Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Hospice and churches, which earn money by selling tickets.

    This choir typically sells out its concerts, so early ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $20 and available at The Book Seller in Grass Valley or by visiting GVMaleVoiceChoir.org.