Choir sings, then ice cream |

Choir sings, then ice cream

Want to treat yourself to some fun on a hot Saturday afternoon in July?

On Saturday, July at 3 p.m. you can enjoy a triple treat by attending the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir’s Annual Old-fashioned Concert and Ice Cream Social. Start your afternoon by treating yourself to a concert of Broadway hits that will have your toes tapping and your lips twitching to sing along.

Then treat your taste buds to a “make-your-own-sundae” (even sugar-free) and home-baked cookies. Finally, your afternoon will be topped off with more singing and shenanigans from the group as they perform solos, duets and more. You will even get your chance to join in, if you wish.

There is no charge for this event but donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir has its roots in Cornwall with the Male Voice Choir tradition going back as far as anyone can remember. Cornish miners came to Grass Valley during the Gold Rush of 1849 and with them came their rich tradition of singing. As gold mining faded in Grass Valley so did the male voice choir.

The current choir was reestablished in 1997 by Eleanor Kenitzer. The Choir has performed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally since that time.

Following also in the Cornish tradition, concerts are performed to raise funds for various community needs. Over the years the choir has raised money for Hospice of the Foothills, Habitat for Humanity, the Grass Valley Fire Department, the Emergency Assistance Coalition and many more of our local nonprofits.

Eleanor Kenitzer, the founding director, has led numerous choral groups here in Nevada County. During her 29 year musical career she has directed church and community choirs in seven states and in Canada. The choir’s accompanist is Karen Driscol.

The men in the choir come from a variety of singing backgrounds and experience. The common thread is a desire to have fun while singing and entertaining our community.

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