The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 1, 2013

Chorus set for spring concert


DANVILLE — Members of the Vermilion Festival Chorus will lift their voices in song Sunday to celebrate the season.

The 28-member chorus will present Celebrate Music, A Collage of Choral Songs, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Holy Family Church, 444 E. Main Street.

Under the direction of David Schroeder, the chorus members have rehearsed every Monday night since January to prepare for Sunday’s concert.

“‘Celebrate Music’ is actually the title of the piece we use to close the concert,” Schroeder said. “It’s a real upbeat piece. It celebrates the joy of making music.”

Other selections include a Renaissance piece by Palestrina, a cantata by Haydn, several spirituals and works by a classic composer.

“There something for just about anybody,” Schroeder said.

Tickets for the concert, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $5 for veterans.

The concert caps the spring season for the chorus. Schroeder invites anyone who enjoys singing to become a member.

“If they have some music-reading ability, that’s a good thing,” he said. “But it’s not necessary. We have members who enjoy singing just for fun and some who are trained as vocalists.”

The chorus will resume practices on Aug. 19 to prepare for its holiday concert, which will feature the Advent and Christmas portions of Handle’s “Messiah.” Schroeder hopes to have a large group of singers for that concert.

Participants in the Vermilion Festival Chorus can earn class credit through Danville Area Community College. For information, call Schroeder at 597-1955.