Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Revitalized chorus

Kaw Valley Community Choir to present December concerts

November 30, 2006

The Kaw Valley Community Choir is at it again.

During a rehearsal last week, favorite Christmas tunes could be heard in the Basehor-Linwood High School music room during, as the recently reformed choir practiced for upcoming concerts.

The choir dissolved a few years ago because of lack of interest, but Kimberly Demings, vocal music and band teacher in the Basehor-Linwood district, started the choir back up earlier this year.

"We've been practicing since mid-August," Demings said. "We've come a long way."

The 20-plus members were split into sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to begin practice. Demings went over several drills with the group to get all choisters in sync.

"Overall I feel like our notes are solid and the rhythms are pretty close," she said to the group after working on "Jingle Bell Rock." "But, it's not fun enough yet."

Demings also encouraged the group to be confident in their performance of the pieces and project and connect with the audience.

"In a live performance, somebody is going to make a mistake at some point," she said. "But, if you sell it, the audience will overlook it."

Some of the selections chosen for the December concerts include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Let It Snow" and "Holiday Spectacular." All of the songs have been modified to be swinging jazz pieces.

Lowell Stark, choir member, who was also a member of the original Kaw Valley Community Choir, said the jazz element is a change from the original choir.

"We've always tried to do a variety of music," he said. "This is going to be a little different. It keeps it interesting."

Stark, who sang in high school and is a member of two other choirs, said his experience in the Kaw Valley Community Choir has been enjoyable.

"I personally enjoy it because it's training," he said. "We're still a little short on people, so we encourage people to come out and join us."

The Kaw Valley Community Choir's first performance will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Basehor United Methodist Church, 18660 158th St.

All the concerts are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted.

Demings said the choir will be ready to put on a fun and pleasant holiday performance.

"You want to be rehearsed, but not over rehearsed," she said. "I think we're on the way to putting on a good program."

Choir concerts

The Kaw Valley Community Choir will be performing at 7 p.m.:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, Basehor United Methodist Church, 18660 158th St.
  • Friday, Dec. 8, Liberty Baptist Church, 13101 Parallel Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, Monticello United Methodist Church, 23860 W. 75th St., Shawnee Mission.

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