Celebrating with song

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By Sarah Thomas

Staff Writer

The Grove City Chamber Singers perform.

The Grove City Chamber Singers are gearing up to celebrate their 30th season in 2018 with a concert on Nov. 19, titled “A Heart of Gratitude.”

“Our fall concert will feature songs related to gratitude and the blessings in our lives, since it’s close to Thanksgiving,” said Ellen Linn, founder and co-director of the group.

The songs range from classical pieces to the popular Pentatonix group.

“In addition, the gratitude we have for those who have served our country will be expressed through a piece entitled ‘Homeland’,” Linn said.

Kristi Reed, co-director for the Grove City Chamber Singers, originally joined the group as a singer in 2000, but with her background and experience she has been the co-director for most of her involvement.

Reed is the choir director at Reynoldsburg High School and Junior High School. This is the third season the Reynoldsburg High School Chamber Singers will perform with the Grove City Chamber Singers.

“It’s a great group of people, great musicians, kind-hearted people coming together to make good music,” Reed said in response to why she enjoys participating in the group.

According to their website, the mission statement for the group is, “To give adult singers the opportunity to sing a variety of quality choral literature in traditional choral settings at various events in the community, as well as major concerts each year.”

The Grove City Chamber Singers was founded in 1988 to participate in the annual Grove City Town Center Christmas celebration. The group still performs at various holiday celebrations around Columbus, including the Franklin Park Conservatory and Safe Auto Nativity Scene on East Broad Street. In addition to the holiday season, they have local concerts every fall and spring and have also traveled far to perform.

These trips have taken the Grove City Chamber Singers to Chicago, Austria and Rome, singing for a variety of events. They performed at the Innsbruck International Choral Music Festival in Austria, singing the Mozart Requiem. They have also partnered with the Columbus Chamber Singers in 2003 to sing during a mass at the Vatican in Rome.

“In December 1996, the Chamber Singers, along with the Grove City High School Symphonic Band, was the first choral group ever to sing at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois,” according to the website. “The group has also performed the National Anthem at such venues as Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew, and Cincinnati Reds games.”

Their fall concert is on Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. at Grove City United Methodist Church. This is a free concert said Linn.

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