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Galesburg Community Chorus

The Galesburg Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for its 2021-2022 season on Monday, August 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg (101 N Prairie St). All are welcome to join, and no auditions are necessary. Dues are $10 a semester, and music fees are $5 a semester. Students are not required to pay dues.

The first concert of the season will take place on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at First Lutheran Church. It will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, for chorus and orchestra, and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, for chorus and organ.

Director Tim Pahel states, “Both of these works are fantastic and are so different from each other. The Vivaldi is a masterpiece of the Baroque era and one of the best-known and loved choral works ever written. It is filled with vibrant rhythms, catchy melodies, and infectious energy. And the Britten, written in the 20th century, is quirky and playful, and sometimes dark and dramatic. We are very excited to be singing and performing this music!”

Sponsors of this season’s concerts include Blick Art Materials, OSF Healthcare, the Galesburg Community Foundation, the City of Galesburg, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Galesburg Community Chorus, directed by Dr. Tim Pahel, is the oldest community music organization in the Galesburg area and is currently celebrating its 77th anniversary.

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