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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk The Summit County Choral Society is caught rehearsing recently for its free concert tonight at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
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Choral concertWhat: Summit Choral Society’s annual fall showWhen: 7 p.m. today Where: Silverthorne PavilionCost: Free

SILVERTHORNE – Come one, come all to the Summit Choral Society’s annual fall show. The Choral Society has been heralding the same all-are-welcome cry to Summit County vocalists since its inception 20 years ago. The amalgamation of ages, vocal experience and diversity of musical talent can be seen at tonight’s “Broadway and Brits” performance.Musical backgrounds span from high school soloists to former opera singers with performing arts degrees. The Choral Society brings everyone together with community spirit and a smorgasbord of musical selections.Choral society member Maggie Jones appreciates the assortment of styles.”I’ve sung in choirs from England to Connecticut. This choir is different because we do everything from madrigals to Broadway musicals to Christmas carols,” she said. “The variety keeps me coming back.”

The title “Broadway and Brits” refers to the mixture of American and British Broadway selections. Musicals represented include “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Half of the performance will feature Broadway tunes by the choir en masse. The rest of the show is devoted to solos chosen by individual performers.Choir members’ ages range from 30 to 82. In her mid-30s, Christine Kucera is one of the younger Choral Society members. She will be performing “Old Fashioned Wedding” from “Annie Get Your Gun” with her husband, Otto Kucera. The two first performed this song at Christine’s sister’s wedding, because it echoed reality.”The man in the song wants a quiet ceremony in an orange grove, while the woman wants a standard, big wedding,” Christine said. “This was the same struggle my sister and her husband went through when deciding their wedding plans.” Ed Crane, the choir’s oldest member at 82, began his singing career as a soprano in England. He had difficulty finding his place in the choir as his voice changed.”In college, I didn’t make the Glee Club but my roommate did. I sang in church choirs, did solo work and was a part of Air Force chapel choirs after that,” he said. “By our 50th college reunion, I was first tenor and he was second tenor.”



Crane will be performing “The Barrister Song” from “Les Miserables.” Choral Society member Alastair Stone is no stranger to solo work. He enjoys Gilbert and Sullivan productions and will play any part, regardless of the character’s sex. He has performed in drag for the Summit County Seniors on occasion. Stone will commemorate both a personal and historical milestone by performing “The Admiral’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Fifty years ago, “H.M.S. Pinafore” was Stone’s first stage performance, and this year marks the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Trafalgar. “Most people don’t know there were 25 Americans aboard British ships in that battle. The song’s all about naval stuff and sailors and their girls,” he said.Stone upholds artistic sentiment with his reasoning for singing. “I do this because I enjoy being on stage. My career put an end to that for a while, but I love singing, and I’m glad to do it.”The Summit Choral Society’s concert is at 7:30 p.m. today at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Admission to the performance is free.


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