Yampa Valley Singers to perform annual spring concert Friday and Saturday
Steamboat Springs — The Yampa Valley Singers is a group comprised of locals from all walks of life.
“They are a cross section of the community,” said Lucy Middleton, who has been with the Yampa Valley Singers for four years and has been a member of the Chamber Singers for three. “There are ranchers, real estate agents, retired people, young people, all kinds of people really.”
And this weekend, they will take the audience on a trip around the world.
The concert, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” will feature the Yampa Valley Singers, the Yampa Valley Youth Chorus and special guest Randy Kelley. The first show will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. A second performance will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. Both performances will include a reception afterwards in the church’s fellowship hall.
From Australia, Scotland, Germany, Africa and the U.S., songs performed for the concert include familiar pieces like “America” from “West Side Story,” “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie” and Brahms’ “A German Requiem.”
“You really are taking a trip through music,” Middleton said. “Anna (Williams), the director, and others on the board did a great job of having a variety of music everybody can relate to. We have some really fun songs and props.”
This year, the choir, which is open to the community, started rehearsing once a week in mid-January.
“This is a true community chorus,” said Gerry Audesirk, who has been a member of the Yampa Valley Singers for five years. “Many people who enjoy singing but don’t have the opportunity to participate in an organized choir are involved with this because it’s a way to meet new people and have fun singing.”
The Yampa Valley Singers choir has performed in Steamboat Springs since 2007 and is part of the nonprofit Yampa Valley Choral Society, which also includes the Steamboat Chamber Singers and the Yampa Valley Youth Chorus.
Kids involved in the Yampa Valley Youth Chorus range in age from 7 to 13. Rehearsals for the songs with a spring theme started in March.
“I love seeing how much fun the kids have when they are on stage,” said Keri Rusthoi, Yampa Valley Youth Chorus director. “Music is such an important part of the community, and I think this will be an enjoyable concert. All of the music ties together.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at All That or from chorus members.
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