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Voices Of Verona And West Essex Plan May 18 Concert


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Voices of Verona and West Essex is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a performance of vocal music from the 1940s to today. The spring concert will be on Saturday, May 18, at the Verona Community Center Ballroom, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. A discounted price of $8 is available for seniors and students.

Since the founding in 1949 as the Verona Choral Society, many styles have been performed through the years. The Anniversary Concert begins with the ballad “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square”, a nostalgic and romantic piece from the 1940s. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” captures the energy of the Swing Era. The fifties are represented by a Doo-Wop medley and “Unchained Melody,” although the latter has been recorded in the fifties and every decade since. The turbulent sixties feature the reflective “Blowin’ in the Wind” and a free-spirited medley from “Hair”. Broadway tunes and popular music bring us the current day.

Voices is directed by Denise Bastanza and accompanied by Emiliya Frenklakh. New singers are always welcome. Our fall season begins on September 14.

Voices is a 501(c) organization. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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