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Yampa Valley Singers present ‘Musical Menagerie’

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If you go:

What: Yampa Valley Singers present "Musical Menagerie"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St.

Tickets are $10 and available from singers and at All That

— “A musical zoo” is how choral director Kayli Daymon describes this year’s Yampa Valley Singers concert, “Musical Menagerie.”

“As we were compiling songs for this year’s performance, we wanted a variety of songs that encompassed all kinds of musical genres, Cat Stevens, the Beatles, even more folk songs like ‘All the Pretty Horses,’” said Daymon, who co-directs the performances with her husband, Dvid Hamaker. “We realized that these all have animal themes.”

Concerts will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St.

This is the first year Daymon and Hamaker, both elementary school teachers, have directed the performance. Daymon teaches at Strawberry Park Elementary School and Hamaker teaches in South Routt.

“Both of us teach elementary music, so it’s fun to work with adults,” she said.

The youngest member of the choir is sixth-grader Alivia Warren, and the oldest singers in the choir are in their 90s..

Adding to the range of genres and ages, accompanist Andy Schaffner is joined at the piano by Lorraine Morrison for a four-handed piano performance on “The Nightingale.” Steamboat Symphony Orchestra violinist Bonnie Murray is featured as a soloist on that piece, as well.

Daymon picks up her flute for “The Lone, Wild Bird,” while Hamaker plays African drums on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which features the youngest members of the choir.

Other pieces include popular favorites, “Swingin’ On A Star,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “When I’m 64” and the theme from The Pink Panther.

Vocalist Gerry Audesirk said he hopes this year’s “Musical Menagerie” will leave its audience with a smile. He and his wife, Terry, have been members of the choral group since 2009.

“Our concerts are fun. We sing a lot of songs that are fun,” Audersirk said. “Friends and neighbors of the singers are in the audience. You go there because you want to have a good time. At the end of every concert people say, ‘That’s the best you ever did,’ and that’s a good thing.”

Audesirk pointed out that the choir has grown to 57 members this year.

Yampa Valley Singers’ administrative coordinator Ruth McClelland, said that a slide projection offers a visual experience to accompany the songs.

“The songs are familiar songs,” McClelland said. “It’s nice to take some time to treat yourself to some music that will make you feel good.”

Julie Rabbitt, who is performing with the Yampa Valley Singers for the first time, agrees that the concert will be an enjoyable time for both in the audience and in the choir,

“This has been a fantastic experience,” Rabbitt said. “I’ve always loved to sing, but up until now, this has been my most fun and challenging adventure.”

Receptions will follow the concerts in the church fellowship hall. Tickets are available for $10 at All That.


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