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Friday, April 26, 2019

Wellsboro Women's Chorus to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Concert featuring Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorus on Saturday, May 4

Wellsboro Women's Chorus members (shown) are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the members of the Wellsboro Women's Chorus will celebrate their 40th anniversary during "Then Sings My Soul," their annual spring concert at the United Methodist Church at 36 Main Street in Wellsboro. Special guest will be the Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorus.

All former Wellsboro Women's Chorus members are invited to the May 4 concert to participate in the 40th anniversary celebration and join in singing “What Would I Do Without My Music.” Those who want to participate are asked to contact Diana Frazier at 570-439-0923 or Suzanne Niles at 570-439-0186 for more information.

The two choruses will sing 17 different tunes incorporating musical styles from gospel to Broadway, inspirational, pop songs and contemporary.

Opening the concert will be the 43 members of the Wellsboro Women's Chorus directed by Suzanne Niles and accompanied by Judy
Smithgall. They will sing "Great Is The Lord" by Michael and Deborah Smith, arranged by Ed Lojeski; "Bless The Lord" by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman, arranged by Heather Sorenson; "The Prayer" by Carole Sager and David Foster, arranged by Michael Lawrence; "Then Sings My Soul" by Stuart Hine with choral setting by Mary McDonald; "What Would I Do Without My Music" by Harry Middlebrooks and Bruce Belland, arranged by Ed Lojeski; and "Praise His Holy Name" by Keith Hampton.

The 27 members of the Wednesday Morning Musicales directed by Diana Frazier and accompanied by Marian Miller will sing the following: "Once Upon a Time" by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, arranged by Steve Zegree; "It’s De-Lovely" by Cole Porter, arranged by Jay Althouse; "The Phantom Of The Opera," a medley by Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranged by Ed Lojeski; "The Impossible Dream" by Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh, arranged by Mark Hayes; and "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Mack Gordon and Josef Myron.

The Wellsboro Women’s Chorus, directed by Diana Frazier and accompanied by Judy Smithgall, will then sing: "One Fine Day" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, arranged by Mac Huff; "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Gerry Goffin and Carol King, arranged by Mark Brymer; "It’s Too Late" by Toni Stern and Carole King, arranged by Roger Emerson; "You’ve Got a Friend" by Carole King, arranged by Mac Huff; "Dancing Queen" from "Mamma Mia!" by Benn Andersson, Stig Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, arranged by Alan Billingsley; and "Celebration." arranged by Kirby Shaw.

For the finale, the two choruses, directed by Diana Frazier with piano accompaniment by Marian Miller, will join in singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson with the choral setting by Allen Pote.

A good will offering will be taken at the door.

“We welcome new members,” Frazier said. The Wellsboro Women’s Chorus rehearses Thursday nights at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and the Wednesday Morning Musicales on Wednesday mornings at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, both in Wellsboro. Anyone who has a desire to sing and an interest in joining either group is invited to contact Diana Frazier at 570-439-0923.

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