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Northeast Texas Choral Society steps out of the box

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Be prepared to be blown away when members of the Northeast Texas Choral Society take the stage for “A Mixed Bag,” their annual spring performance next Saturday and Sunday at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

“We’ve stepped from our normal role to rock ’n roll,” said the group’s director, Carol Allen. “In addition to a lot of non-traditional choral society music, we’re going to do a tribute to Queen and Freddie Mercury, and I promise that we will, we will rock you.”

Allen said she came up with the music for “A Mixed Bag” the day after Thanksgiving.

“The house was quiet,” she explained. “So, I thought I’d get started. I knew I wanted to do something a little different this year.”

By the end of the day, she had visited choral websites and had the songs she wanted the 90 singers to perform.

While this program is a deviation from what the group normally does, Allen said they have had a lot of fun preparing the music, including working with a 5-piece band fronted by jazz guitarist Kurt Bittner.

When asked if the NETCS singers were up for something completely different, Allen said, “They were completely surprised and absolutely delighted.”

In addition to the tribute to Queen, the group will be doing music from ‘Mama Mia,’ ‘The Jersey Boys,’ with a little Ike and Tina Turner thrown in for good measure.

NETCS will open the performance with “Proud Mary,” one of Ike and Tina Turner’s signature songs. Look for a special introduction to the tune.

“Marlon Chisum is going to start us off,” Allen explained. “Our ladies get weak in the knees when Marlon does his thing. He really does set the tone for the entire show.”

While they are happy to show off their rock ’n roll chops, NETCS hasn’t completely abandoned traditional music.

“The altos are doing a lovely arrangement of ‘Always,’” Allen said. “It’s romantic and tender, and they do a beautiful job with the music.”

As always, Allen has planned a surprise for her audience. While she didn’t reveal the secret, she did say “It will be a moment, to be sure.”

NETCS is currently in its 11th year of bringing live music to Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

“We sing,” Allen said. “It’s what we do. It’s good for the soul to offer this kind of first class, live performance to our audiences.”

Asked why she believes NETCS has enjoyed so many successful seasons, Allen says, “This is not a choir concert. These are your friends and your doctors and your nurses and your teachers. They are, at heart, performers. When we’re singing, we all speak the same language.”

There are two chances to enjoy “A Mixed Bag,” Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They are available at all local banks and at the office at First United Methodist Church.




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