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Chorale group set to perform at Lincoln-Way on Saturday

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What: Holiday Harmonies concert

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lincoln­-Way East Fine Arts Center, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort

Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens

Info: www.lwac.com, 815-­469-­1010

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Updated: January 14, 2014 1:11PM



FRANKFORT — Members of the Lincoln--Way Area Chorale promise that they’ll get their audience members in the Christmas spirit after their concert on Saturday.

“I think there’ll be some goose-bump moments,” said Christen Hall of Frankfort, who’s part of the 102-member singing group.

So far, more than 1,000 tickets have been sold for the show at the 1,200­-seat auditorium at Lincoln-­Way East High School.

“It’s very possible this may sell out,” said Greg Day, the group’s artistic director.

The chorale will perform traditional songs, such as, “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

“(The concert) will contain a great mixture of people’s favorites that they want to hear,” Day said.

This is the 18th season of the chorale which performs two concerts a year.

It began in 1995 under Charles Stark who taught music at Lincoln-­Way High School for 25 years.

Stark realized that adults who may have had a little music background or simply wanted to sing might want to be a part of a chorale in the area.

“He got way more (members) than we expected,” said Ken Reed of Frankfort, who’s a charter member and president of the group.

Day said the group includes people from all walks of life and range in age from college students to semi-­professional vocalists to lawyers.

“They’re brought together by the joy of singing and the joy of music,” Day said.

He said he teaches them popular music to pieces from Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Weber.

“I expose them to as many different kinds of quality chorale literature that I can, and I try to help them grow even more musically,” Day said.

Hall said Day teaches in a way that’s serious, but fun, and doesn’t drill the knowledge into students but makes them lean without realizing they’re learning.

She said she joined the group because she loves to sing, but did not feel she was ready to sing at an extremely professional level.

“So, here’s an outlet,” Hall said.

Her 20-­year-­old son recently joined the group.

“I’m so happy to be able to share this experience with him, Hall said.

Day said membership is at the highest it’s been and they’re ready to grow more.

Auditions for the chorale’s spring concert will be held in January. ets have been sold for the show at the 1,200­-seat auditorium at Lincoln-­Way East High School.

“It’s very possible this may sell out,” said Greg Day, the group’s artistic director.

The chorale will perform traditional songs, such as, “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

“(The concert) will contain a great mixture of people’s favorites that they want to hear,” Day said.

This is the 18th season of the chorale which performs two concerts a year.

It began in 1995 under Charles Stark who taught music at Lincoln-­Way High School for 25 years.

Stark realized that adults who may have had a little music background or simply wanted to sing might want to be a part of a chorale in the area.

“He got way more (members) than we expected,” said Ken Reed of Frankfort, who’s a charter member and president of the group.

Day said the group includes people from all walks of life and range in age from college students to semi-­professional vocalists to lawyers.

“They’re brought together by the joy of singing and the joy of music,” Day said.

He said he teaches them popular music to pieces from Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Weber.

“I expose them to as many different kinds of quality chorale literature that I can, and I try to help them grow even more musically,” Day said.

Hall said Day teaches in a way that’s serious, but fun, and doesn’t drill the knowledge into students but makes them lean without realizing they’re learning.

She said she joined the group because she loves to sing, but did not feel she was ready to sing at an extremely professional level.

“So, here’s an outlet,” Hall said.

Her 20-­year-­old son recently joined the group.

“I’m so happy to be able to share this experience with him, Hall said.

Day said membership is at the highest it’s been and they’re ready to grow more.

Auditions for the chorale’s spring concert will be held in January.



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