Wellsboro Men’s Chorus concert set for May 23

Wellsboro Men’s Chorus concert set for May 23Pictured are members of the Wellsboro Men's Chorus with Director Christina Simonis (standing, far left) and Pat Davis (seated, far left), piano accompanist. Photo credit: John Eaton.

The Wellsboro Men’s Chorus is presenting its Spring Concert on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the auditorium in the Wellsboro Area School District building at 227 Nichols St. in Wellsboro. Christina Simonis is the director and piano accompanist is Pat Davis, known as the Ivory Lady. 

Special guests will be ninth through twelfth graders in the 25-member Wellsboro Area High School Men’s Chorus directed by Dan Sensenig, music teacher with accompanists Jessa Lohr and Ariana Carleton and the 15-member Hamilton-Gibson Young Men’s Choir directed by Thomas Putnam, Hamilton-Gibson Productions artistic director.

Wellsboro Men’s Chorus concert set for May 23
Pictured are members of the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus with Director Christina Simonis (standing, far left) and Pat Davis (seated, far left), piano accompanist. Photo credit: John Eaton.

The concert will open with the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus singing, “Seize the Day” from the Disney musical “Newsies.” The song was composed by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken and arranged by Roger Emerson.

The three choruses will join in singing “Tell My Father” by Jack Murphy and Frank Wildhorn, arranged by Andrea Ramsey. This beautiful selection is from the musical, “The Civil War.” Soloist is Aiden Locke from the HG Young Men’s Choir. 

The Wellsboro Men’s Chorus will then perform “Lida Rose” from “The Music Man” by Meredith Wilson, arranged by William Stickles and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury, arranged by Mark Brymer. 

They will be followed by the HG Young Men’s Choir singing  “Chickens in the Garden,” a traditional British folk song arranged by Stephen Hatfield; “Loch Lomond,” a traditional Scottish tune arranged by Jonathan Quick; and “Non Nobis, Domine” with music by Rosephanye Powell and Latin text, arranged by William C. Powell.

The Wellsboro Men’s Chorus will then perform “Joshua” arranged by Robert Sells and “An American Quilt,” a suite of three American folk songs arranged by John Leavitt, including “Deep River,” “Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Old Dan Tucker.” Guest artist Carl Conn of Wellsboro will play the fiddle for “An American Quilt.”  

The Wellsboro Area High School Men’s Chorus will sing three selections: “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” arranged by Victor C. Johnson; “Take Me Home, Country Roads” arranged by Bobby L. Siltman and “Johnny Schmoker” arranged by James Rodde. 

The concert will close with the three choruses performing “River In Judea” by Linda Marcus and Jack Feldman, arranged by John Leavitt.

A freewill donation can be made at the door. 

The Wellsboro Men’s Chorus, now in its 73rd year, annually holds three fundraisers, including this concert, with the money used to help provide college scholarships. The Lester Haner Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Wellsboro High School graduating seniors who are majoring in any area of music in college; the Ellsworth Robert Memorial Voice Scholarship to a Wellsboro High School graduating senior majoring in voice in college, and the Todd Antoine Memorial Scholarship to a senior who is a member of the Wellsboro Area High School Men’s Chorus. 

The men rehearse Thursday evenings in the Deane Center. New members are welcome. For information, call President Thomas Reindl at (570) 724-8496. 

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