CRESTVIEW, Fla., May 19, 2023—The Crestview Community Chorus is preparing to sweep its audiences around the world on the wings of song during its forthcoming spring concerts.
The concerts, called “International Folk Songs,” are today, tomorrow and Sunday in Warriors Hall.
“We’re starting in America and then we’re going to Europe, and then we’re getting back on the ship and returning to America,” chorus member Sharon Adams said.
She said audiences will enjoy such American classics as “Oh, Shenandoah” before a selection of some familiar and perhaps some new folk music from Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, Ireland and France, the latter represented by the timeless “Frere Jacques.”
A Crestview High School student flautist will accompany the chorus on some of its selections.
Other American folk tunes include two gospel songs, “a Louisiana song about crawfish, and then a ship chanty as we arrive at Boston Harbor,” Adams said.
To augment their professional voices, chorus members are preparing costumes and—remembering member Nicole Stewart who, in the chorus’ Christmas concert, wielded her tambourine and maracas—thematic props, said Adams.
“It’ll be something totally different,” chorus director Cecile Lindegren said. “We’ve been enjoying rehearsing it.”
“I think people are really going to enjoy this concert,” Adams said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The concert begins at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Warriors Hall in the Whitehurst Municipal Building located at 201 Stillwell Blvd. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Story and photos by Brian Hughes, City of Crestview Cultural Services Specialist