The deGraffenried Chorale will be beginning its 35th year of music in Russellville this weekend with its annual spring concert.
This year’s show is titles “A Gift of Music” and admission will be free of charge at the Russellville High School auditorium.
“In the past, we have had a ticket price, but we are not going to do that this year in hopes of our patrons making a donation,” said Mary Beth Dowden, the chorale’s director. “We also will be CDs from our spring concert last year and the Christmas concert… and we can’t sell them, but will offer them as a gift for anyone that makes a suggested donation.”
Also this year there will be a silent auction fundraiser. The auction items will be available for bidding beginning at 5 p.m. and the concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Prior to the concert, refreshments by the Russellville school system’s Panther Catering will be served.
“We will have an intermission during the concert to allow the guests to have more refreshments and time to look at the auction one more time,” Dowden said.
The concert will feature three songs from England, Ireland and Scotland as well as two pieces “from the heartland of America” composed by Aaron Copeland.
“This concert is in honor of our 35th anniversary, and we will be performing really wonderful music around that theme,” Dowden said.
Dowden has been a part of the chorale since its inception 35 years ago and wants to see the tradition of wonderful music continue far into the future.
“I was one of the founding members who sat in Hazel Carver’s living room floor and expressed a desire for an opportunity to be a part of excellent chorale music outside of school and church,” she said. “And we’ve had a tradition of doing just that.”