Choral Society’s next concert will be ‘Just for the Fun of It’
Toe-tapping favorites featured in next week’s show
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

April 30, 2006 - May If you're looking for a fun, lively way to pass the time while relaxing in a cool environment, North East Texas Choral Society has just the thing.

Even better, bring the kids and make a family outing of it.

The choral group will be rockin' along Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, during its annual spring concert, appropriately titled "Just for the Fun of It."

"If they've never been to a Choral Society concert, this would be the one to go to," NETCS member Beth Alsobrook said. "It's going to be so much fun. We've got love, we've got humor, we've got tons of soloists. If there's someone you know in choral society, this is your opportunity to hear them shine."

The spring concert will feature 17 songs, with lots of upbeat tunes mixed with a few more serious numbers, such as the moving spiritual "Keep Your Lamps," and a Ray Charles compilation.

The men will be singing "Poison Ivy" and a "Working" compilation, which includes the toe-tapping favorites "Working on the Railroad" and "Big John."

Denise Grammer, longtime accompanist for the choral society, will be playing an instrumental number off her soon to be released CD, "Songs from the Heart of a Preacher's Daughter." 

"It's worth hearing the introduction explanation for this song which has do do with the underground railroad and is followed by the performance of the song," Alsobrook said. "It's an incredibly moving performance.

There's the fun and energetic "Mamma Mia," from the hit Broadway production based on the music of Abba, which also includes a soloist.

"What'd I Say?," a compilation of Ray Charles music will include an "amazing" solo performance of "Georgia" by new Choral Society member Marlon Chisom, "who can really kick it," according to Alsobrook.

"The Barber of Seville Overture," which Mozat wrote as an instrumental piece, will also be performed by the 60-plus member group, who will use their voices in place of instruments.

"It's divided in six part harmony instead of the usual four," Alsobrook said. "It's fun to perform and fun to hear. It bounces back and forth [among sections] with lots of harmony."

Other tunes slated for the night include ranging from favorites such as "All that Jazz" to renditions of "I Fall to Pieces," "Popular," "I Just Want to Sing in a Choir," "In the Swing," "Tuxedo Junction," and "Banquet Fugue."

North East Texas Choral Society is as unique as its concerts in that it is far larger and more successful than the typical choral group in towns the size of Sulphur Springs. Most groups generally have fewer members, and often fold within three years. NETCS is entering its 8th year, continues to draw crowds and has more than 60 members who have rehearsed at least two hours every Monday since January. 

The concert, directed by Carol Allen, is expected to last about two hours, a bit shorter than some of the past shows.

The spring concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, followed by a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center auditorium. Advance tickets may be purchased for $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under from  local banks or by contacting Alsobrook at 903-885-2949. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for children.

The concert will also be taped, and CDs available for $10 each at a later time. CDs of previous concerts will also be available for $10 each in the lobby at the concert.

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