A great conductor, a variety of talented musical acts, and an accompanist that can play anything.
The Eclectica Community Choir’s upcoming annual spring concert – Spring Sing – sounds like an entertaining show.
“We are having so much fun with [rehearsals],” says choir member and spokesperson Barbara Hooper. “[We have] a talented bunch of musicians.”
Eclectica includes close to 60 voices of all ages. Marilyn Buyar is the conductor and Donna Forward accompanies the choir on piano.
Doors to Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House open at 6:30 p.m. on May 10. Local bluegrass band Front Porch is playing until the show starts at 7 p.m., and will be accompanying the choir for a couple songs during the show.
Cash donations are accepted at the door with proceeds going to the 100 Mile & District General Hospital Auxiliary and the Mill Site Lodge & Fischer Place Auxiliary.
Some of the highlight’s at Spring Sing include performances by the Ogden Sisters, Silk and musician Curtis Wolfe.
Also, Eclectica will be performing a medley from the renown musical Les Misérables.
At a recent rehearsal Buyar handed out “I Sing!” buttons for all the choir members to wear on Mondays during the month of May in celebration of the popular initiative “Music Mondays.”
The purpose of wearing the buttons is threefold, explains Hooper. To recognize that a lot of people sing, to form connections among people who sing, and to raise the profile of music and singing in our community.
“I will probably stick my button on my coat and wear it every time I go to town – not just on Mondays.”