-SRC Community Chorus Celebrates The Spoon River Reads

The Spoon River College Community Chorus presented Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  Songs of the Depression & Dust Bowl Era to two sold-out houses at the First Christian Church in Canton on November 9 & 10.  The concerts, conducted by John L. Davis, featured over 55 singers, special guest performer Nathan Taylor, and depression-era photography assembled by Brooks Carver.
“It is gratifying that people come out year after year to sing with or listen to the SRC Chorus,” said Carol Davis, Vice President of Spoon River College and Executive Director of the SRC Foundation.  “We do not hold auditions for the chorus, but the quality of presentation remains very high.  There are many talented people in the SRC district.”
The concerts benefit SRC Foundation programs and scholarships, but this fall also reflected the themes from Spoon River Reads: The Grapes of Wrath.  A special matching opportunity offered by former SRC President Dr. Robert Ritschel added additional revenue to the ticket sales total. 
In total over $6,000 was collected with the majority of the net proceeds being placed in the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship.  The late Marge Saville was a member of the SRC Chorus and performer Nathan Taylor is her grandson.  Once the scholarship reaches a funding level of $10,000, it will be endowed and awarded annually in Marge Saville’s name.
The Chorus will begin rehearsing for its winter production, Broadway:  Start to Finish, on January 9th.  This production will feature some of Broadway’s best opening and closing musical numbers and will take place on February 28, March 1-2, 2014 in the theater in Taylor Hall.
“This will be the first production with the black box theater’s new LED lighting system,” Davis said.  “We are looking forward to enhancing the production with this new system which is being installed by award-winning light designer, Jacob Welch, of Colorado.  Jacob is an SRC alumnus, so this is a very special project.”
For more information about the SRC Chorus, please contact Carol Davis at (309) 647-6395, carol.davis@src.edu, or visit the website at http://www.src.edu/foundation/Pages/chorus.aspx 
Accompanying photo is copyrighted and should be credited to Dave Barbknecht/Stilled Moments