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The Choraliers will present “Celebration Across the Nation,” May 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

The show will feature songs and dances sure to entertain audience members of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 10. Tickets for groups of 10 are more are $6 and are available in advance from any Choralier member; at James Optical and Beth Allen Flowers in Oregon and at Urban Flowers in Rossford. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Choraliers’ scholarship fund for area students planning to further their education in the fine art of music. In their 56-year history, the Choraliers have given more than $50,000 in student scholarship.

The Choraliers will present their "Celebration Across the Nation" Show
May 9-11 at Fassett Middle School in Oregon.

The Choraliers will also be holding fundraisers in the coming months to help pay for a trip to New York City next year. The group recently learned it has been invited to participate in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Lincoln Center as part of a Thanksgiving Weekend concert being presented in 2014 by Distinguished Concerts International (DCINY) New York City. The concert will feature outstanding musicians and choristers performing Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens’ 1959 re-orchestration of “Messiah” for full symphony orchestra.

The invitation to audition for the performance came as a surprise to the group, according to director Mary Ann Siefke. “Normally, groups apply, however we were contacted by the company,” she said. “A young man, Jason Mlynek, who is from Oregon and was a Choraliers scholarship winner some years ago, now works for DCINY and he suggested us.

“However, there is an audition process that we had to go through to be selected,” Siefke said.

“The Choraliers received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductors for DCINY. “It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City in preparation for the concert, which will include rehearsals, along with some time for sight-seeing.

The cost for each member, just to sing at Lincoln Center, rehearsals, etc., is about $650 each, Siefke said. The group typically has between 20 and 25 members. “We’re looking at various kinds of fundraisers, and a few restaurants and businesses will have donation cans,” Siefke said.

Donations from the community in support of the Choraliers’ trip may be sent to Mary Ann Siefke, c/o The Choraliers, P.O. Box 167787, Oregon, OH 43616.

For more information, visit The Choraliers on Facebook.

The Choraliers will present their “Celebration Across the Nation” Show May 9-11 at Fassett Middle School in Oregon. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)




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