The Marshall County Community Choir, under the direction of Maybelle Circle, will perform “The Great American Songbook” Sunday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. The free concert will be held in the Marysville High School auditorium.
Thirty-five area residents are in the choir. Members have been rehearsing since early March to prepare the nine songs they will sing in Sunday’s concert.
“I like being involved with the community choir because I have always enjoyed music and singing,” said Linda Seagren, one of the choir’s members. “I have always been a choir member somewhere from the time I was a young girl. Church choir is where I have always participated and even though our church doesn’t have a formal choir, I am involved on our Praise and Worship team. Community choir is one small way I can give back to the community and become acquainted with other folks that I don’t know well yet.”
Other members agree with Seagren’s sentiments and site expanded opportunities as another of the choir’s benefits. “Singing with the community choir gives us a chance to sing songs that we wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to sing,” said Pat Breeding, one of the choir’s sopranos. “There are some really interesting jazz selections in this concert – some with unusual harmonies and rhythms. This gives us a chance to expand our skills.”
Songs like Johnny Mercer’s “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” have traditional jazz harmonies which make the selections interesting for the audience. “We all know these great melodies,” said Breeding. “However, these arrangements are well written and offer a new interpretation of the song.”
Some of the selections include moments that feature the choir’s accompanist, Tam Johnson. A native Marysville resident, Johnson has a passion for accompanying. “My favorite thing to do music-wise is accompany,” she said. “I like the ‘putting it together’ aspect. I’m not a solo performer, and I get very nervous if it’s just me on stage. But accompanying is something I enjoy and feel very comfortable doing. I like helping the performers.”
Johnson’s skills will be showcased in several numbers by George and Ira Gershwin, “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Plus, in the final number, “It’s Ragtime!,” Johnson plays parts of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”
“There’s something for everyone,” said Seagren. “There are group numbers as well as some duets and solos. Personally, my favorite song is ‘Try To Remember.’ I like it because it’s a very pretty song and the tempo is a little slower making it easier to read the words and the notes at the same time!”
Doors to the auditorium for Sunday’s concert open at 1:30 p.m.
There is no charge to attend the concert. For additional information people can contact Maybelle Circle (785-562-3668) or Wayne Kruse (785-562-5629).