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Add your voice to ‘From Bach to Beatles’

Kimberly Nicoletti
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Even if you don’t know whether you’re a bass, tenor, alto or soprano (quick cram: If you’re male and can sing pretty low, you might be a bass and if you can sing pretty high, you might be a tenor; for females, its soprano for high notes and alto for low), as long as you can read music and can commit to four half-day rehearsals, Len Rhodes and Linda Shea want to see you tonight or Saturday morning for an introduction to what may be the largest community choral performance put together (and disbanding) in less than a two-month time frame.

The rehearsals culminate in a performance Nov. 13 at Lord of the Mountain Church in Dillon. Leonard Rhodes, director of music at the church, and Linda Shea, director of instrumental music at Summit High School, will work with participants to interpret programming including the sacred music of J.S. Bach, compositions by Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky and John Rutter, Broadway tunes and a Beatles medley.

“There is a lot of variety in how the music can be interpreted, (so we’ll) bring out the best in the singers and have fun,” Rhodes said.

This weekend’s introduction will help participants see if the music fits them.

“We are really trying to engage the community; this is an open invitation to attract people in the community who want to sing and can sing but don’t want that (long) commitment,” Rhodes said.

Shea added that singers’ experience may range from an entire career to very little time on stage.

“Experience isn’t our highest priority,” Shea said. “What we want is a good sound, and we want as many people as possible. When they come to sing for us, it will be in a very non-threatening environment with other people singing too … I would imagine there are a lot of talented people in the area who might not have the time to commit to singing in a choir on a regular basis but might come out for this and really enjoy singing the wonderful music we have chosen for this occasion.”

Rhodes has dedicated his life to being a professional musician, as well as a teacher and mentor.

“Part of what I do is to encourage other people to have that same passion of music and performing music as I do,” he said. “Linda Shea is a great encourager, too.”

Shea credits Rhodes for bringing the music community together in Summit County, partially through his recital series at Lord of the Mountains Church (which begins Oct. 9).

The two professionals are teaming up with the Breckenridge Music Festival to create this event.

“Any time you combine efforts with the Breckenridge Music Festival, you are in good hands,” Shea said. “This will be a great way to meet musicians from all over the area and from many different organizations and ensembles.”


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