-SRC Community Chorus Begins Rehearsals for Fall Concert



The Spoon River College Community Chorus begins its 9th season with Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  Songs of the Depression Era on November 9th and 10th at the First Christian Church in Canton. 

Anyone with a love for singing may participate in the chorus.  No auditions are required.  The chorus rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Canton Church of the Brethren at the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets.  The first rehearsal begins on Thursday, September 26.

“We now have over 90 members who sing with us at various times whenever their schedules permit,” said John Davis, who has directed the group since its inception.  “If you love to sing, come join us.  This would be a great performance for new members because we sing concert-style and no memorization is required.”

The fall concert will feature a variety of songs made popular in movies and on radio throughout the Depression and Dust Bowl periods.  Some of the numbers include Dream, All the Things You Are, The Varsity Drag, Stormy Weather, Moonglow, Happy Days, Forty-Second Street, Lydia the Tatooed Lady,  How High the Moon, and many more.

Nathan Taylor will be the special guest artist for the concert performing as a traveling balladeer.  Nathan’s music is well known in this area and he is the grandson of the late Marge Saville, a former SRC Community Chorus member.

“The Chorus has two main purposes,” said Carol Davis, SRC’s Vice President of Community Outreach and Executive Director of the Foundation.  “One is to provide an avenue for quality music performance and the other is to raise funds for endowed scholarships.  We are currently working on establishing the Marge Saville scholarship, so having Nathan perform with us is very special.”

Also featured in the concert will be a series of poignant Depression Photography from the collection of Brooks Carver.  Each photograph depicts life for many Midwestern families as they attempted to cross the country in search of a better life.

The concert is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Two Rivers Arts Council.”

For more information about the chorus, please contact Carol Davis at (309) 647-6395 or visit www.src.edu/foundation .