2018-05-03 / Life in Leelanau

Choir gears up for two grand nights of singing


THE LEELANAU Community Monday put the finishing touches on this weekend’s spring concerts, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” Saturday and Sunday. THE LEELANAU Community Monday put the finishing touches on this weekend’s spring concerts, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” Saturday and Sunday. The Leelanau Community Choir, under the direction of Jonah Powell, will present its spring program “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s program includes spiritual and folk music as well as familiar contemporary pieces including “As Time Goes By,” from Casablanca and John Biggs’ “Auction Cries.”

The title song, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” is from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical State Fair which dates back to 1945.

The group is directed by local musician Jonah Powell, who studied music and voice at Alma College and Ohio University.

Powell is also music director at Suttons Bay Congregational Church.

Pianist Jodie Schanhals will accompany the choir. She has a degree in music from Ohio State University and also tunes pianos.

The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Leland Community United Church, Fourth Street in Leland and twice Sunday — at 2:30 p.m. at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church and at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Glen Arbor.

Suttons Bay Congregational is located at 218 Madison St. Bethlehem Lutheran is located at 6012 Lake St. in Glen Arbor.

Admission is free, although tax-deductible donations are welcome.

The Leelanau Community Choir has been entertaining area music lovers for more than 30 years with holiday and spring concerts.

Further information is available by calling 231-645-4372 or emailing amyhubbell1986@gmail.com.

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