Choral concert compels you to join in

You’ll be asking yourself, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” during a varied musical evening at the the Campbell River United Church Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

You’ll be asking yourself, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” during a varied musical evening at the the Campbell River United Church Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The church will present the Josephburg Choral Society and two other musical acts – the Belles in Harmony handbell choir and Measure for Measure.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $5 for children under 12 and are available at The Music Plant, Cornerstone Gift Book & Music, the Church Office, or at the door.  Proceeds from the concert will support the programs of the Campbell River United Church.

The Josephburg Choral Society is a community choir from the Greater Edmonton area, made of up three groups.

The group that founded the society was the Josephburg Men’s Chorus, established in 1979 in the hamlet of Josephburg near Edmonton to sing in local churches, seniors’ residences and other community venues. Over the years, the non-profit group has grown to its current size of 20 men.  The chorus now travels extensively performing its wide range of music from classical and gospel religious music to Broadway and Hollywood show tunes and old favourites.

Joining the Josephburg Choral Society will be the Belles in Harmony handbell choir was founded in 1985 around a nucleus of wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of members of the Men’s Chorus.

Membership is now open to any interested women.

Their repertoire ranges from sacred music to more contemporary selections such as A Medley of Warner Brother’s Cartoon Themes.

Meanwhile, Measure for Measure ranges in size from a trio to a quintet and adds new flair to the Choral Society’s concerts with its selection of music from Irish folk songs to Broadway musical numbers.

Greg Jeffery directs the Josephburg Men’s Chorus while Brent Orchard directs Belles in Harmony and Measure for Measure.  The accompanist is Jennetta Bartz.

The United Church of Canada is at the corner of Pinecrest and South Birch, just down the hill from Strathcona Gardens.  Regular Sunday morning worship and Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and their minister is Wayne Hughes.

In addition to offering Sunday worship, mid-week groups and Healing Touch ministry, they seek to be “the compassion of Jesus coming alive” in Campbell River through their soup kitchen outreach at lunch time on Saturdays at 1251 Cypress St.