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The deGraffenreid Chorale will be having its annual spring concert on Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. in Russellville High School’s deGraffenreid Auditorium.


This year’s theme will be “Come to the Cabaret.”


“We will be doing more of a cabaret and variety show,” said Mary Beth Dowden, the director of the Chorale. “We will be doing several numbers as a whole, but there will also be some solos and duets and ensembles throughout the evening. This is an opportunity to give the chorale members to perform in a solo, duet or ensemble settings and they’ve done a good job of responding to that.”


Susan Fox will once again serve as the Chorale’s accompanist and Tom O’Kelley will be helping out with percussion.


The program will begin with the classic showtune “Come to the Cabaret” and will include several other showtunes and popular selections throughout the evening.


“It’s really going to be a fun show,” Dowden said. “The staging will be set up like a cabaret - the chorale will be seated at tables and then we will come forward at the appropriate times throughout the concert.”


Some of the more popular selections will be the Christina Perry song “Jar of Hearts” which will be performed by an all-female ensemble and a male ensemble doing the classic “You Raise Me Up.”


Other songs that will be included are the James Taylor song “Mexico,” “Piano Man,” “For The Longest Time” and “Fields of Gold.”


The chorale will also be performing a song from the musical “Wicked” and the high school members of the group will perform two songs from “Phantom of the Opera.”


Before the performance, a silent auction will be set up in the lobby of the auditorium. Light refreshments will also be served.


“We’ll have some very nice items in the auction,” Dowden said. “You can come any time 5 p.m. to view and make bids. This is one of our biggest fund raisers of the year. We hope to get a big crowd of people and that they’ll come to enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment. I think there’ll be a lot of numbers to sing along from their seats.”


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