Friday, October 18, 2013

Ann Arbor Civic Chorus wins Lifesaver Award

Making beautiful synergy happen in Ann Arbor is simple. Just bring together two longstanding civic arts groups to collaborate on a community performance!

This happened last summer, when Rec&Ed's Ann Arbor Civic Chorus provided choral support to the Ann Arbor Civic Theater's production of Chess. Director Glenn Bugala enlisted the Chorus, under the direction of Linda Jones, to expand the ensemble of singers to nearly 80 people. The choir was onstage for the entire show, providing a vocal backdrop for the featured actors.

The icing on the cake for the Civic Chorus came last week at the Ann Arbor Civic Theater's Civvies Awards ceremony. The Chorus received a special Lifesaver Award "for bringing the complicated score [of Chess] to life."

An AACC performance
The Civic Chorus formed in 1983 when a group of choir-loving Ann Arbor residents approached Rec&Ed about forming a community chorus. Currently, the Chorus has 70 members aged 25 - 77.

Want to join the singing fun? The fall session is full, but enrollment for the spring term begins February 10.  The chorus is open to all but some previous choral experience is recommended. Contact Adult Enrichment Coordinator Linda Brzezinski for more information.

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