Launch summer with ‘An American Musical Celebration’

The Thunder Bay Arts Council is proud to announce the rescheduled 2014 spring concert of its Community Chorus. “An American Musical Celebration” will occur June 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Beck Auditorium.

This will be the first concert of the 45-voice ensemble under its new conductor, Julie Wood of Alpena, and its new accompanist, Susan Armstrong of Harrisville. The program includes a variety of American music to kick off to the summer season.

Compositions by Steven Foster, George Gershwin, David Dickau and Randall Thompson will delight the audience, as will folk and sea tunes and engaging lyrics taken from American folklore and poetry. Performances by distinguished guest artists from the community will be an added bonus for those attending.

Loretta Beyer, piano soloist, will play compositions by Gershwin and Gottschalk. The Windsong Flute Quartet, which includes local artists Betsy Adamus, Judith Case, Mary Ann Hubbard and Joanne Root, will perform several pieces, including compositions by Folio and Berthomieu.

The Alpena area community is invited to join the arts council’s board on June 15 in welcoming Wood, Armstrong and the talented guest artists, and to start summer with an American flare. That evening, the council also will celebrate more than a quarter century of service to the chorus by former conductor Jim Hart and former accompanist Mary Louise Hart.

Admission will be via the 2013-14 TBArts Pass. Tickets also may be purchased at the door at $10 for adults. Student admission is free.