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Eleanor Kenitzer acknowledged in Sacramento

You never know what recognition Eleanor Kenitzer will rack up next.

Two years ago, the Grass Valley resident joined only four other Americans and 90-plus Cornish heritage supporters around the world who were inducted into the Congress of Cornish Bards in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Kenitzer has directed the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir for eight years and the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir for 12 years.



Her latest recognition occurred at last Saturday’s sold-out Chanticleer concert in Sacramento, when Chanticleer countertenor Jay White dedicated the concert to her. Kenitzer always attends the annual Sacramento concert by the San Francisco Grammy award-winning male voice ensemble.

“I was very surprised that Jay would say anything,” Kenitzer said Wednesday. “He was saying how it was nice to see so many familiar faces in the audience and that there was one person in the audience who had known his face for 20 years. He thanked me for my support and encouragement.”




Kenitzer was White’s choir director and youth director in Woodstown, N.J. in the ’70s and ’80s.

“It’s always amazing, I don’t expect any of the recognition. I don’t do things for that reason,” said Kenitzer, who directs the two groups because of her love for both the music and Nevada County.

In related news, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir continues its yearly tradition by singing every Friday at Cornish Christmas (6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 20) on Mill Street.

The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir will present a free Christmas concert Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Sierra Presbyterian Church. All donations will go to Emergency Assistance Coalition.

If you miss these concerts, you can always hear the music at home by purchasing the $18 two-CD set, “When Miners Sang,” featuring both groups. These CDs are at Book Seller, Holbrooke Hotel or by calling Kenitzer at 274-3431.


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