SVCC Spring Concert Features Finale Dinner, Auction

SVCC chorister
SVCC Chorister

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir spring concerts, featuring all three performing choirs and guest performers, will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 28 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 29, 3 p.m. at Harrisonburg High School.

New this year is the spring finale dinner following the Saturday concert. The dinner will begin at 6:45 pm. and will be catered by Hank’s Smokehouse, with a live auction following.

A collection of SVCC related items and theme gift baskets will also be available through a silent auction before the concert. Dinner/auction tickets are $50 and must be reserved by Wednesday, Mar. 18, through the SVCC office at 540-432-4667.

Concert tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $7 children 12 and younger. All seats are general admission, and doors will open 30 minutes before the concert. Tickets may be purchased by calling Yvette Peake at 540-432-4667 and will also be available at the door.

The Concert Choir will be presenting music they performed at the Organization of American Kodaly Educators national conference in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 14 and with the Taiwanese Glorystar Children’s Chorus of Maryland.

Selections will include Bach’s “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten,” the Finnish folk song “Who Can Sail,” the indigenous work songs from the Brazilian rainforest “Tres Cantos,” the jazz arrangement of “My Favorite Things” featuring 11-year-old Sophie Wellington, and the gospel song, “Praise His Holy Name.” Andrew Richardson and SVCC member Dorrall Price will accompany the choir on percussion, with violinist Joan Griffing and bass player Lew Morrison assisting.

The Treble Choir will sing a Renaissance song, “The Cricket” (El Grillo) with soloists in addition to “Gloria Tibi” by Leonard Bernstein. “Dance of the Willow,” a new composition will be featured. The Preparatory Choir will join the intermediate Treble Choir in singing “Dakota Dances” with dances by the children. “The Swing” and “Where Go the Boats” with text by Robert Louis Stevenson and music by Paul Bouman, friend of the SVCC, will also be performed.

The Preparatory Choir, directed by Joy Anderson, will sing “Boots and Saddles” and the Bach/Hopson arrangement of “All the Earth Sing Forth.” They will also sing the Hebrew round arrangement, “Lo Yissa Goy.”

All three choirs will join together for a final selection, “Old Dan Tucker,” featuring Bill Wellington, folk musician, on the banjo.

The Spring Finale Dinner and Auction, created to help provide for the financial needs of the SVCC, is new this year. The live auction includes two delightful travel packages: an Alaskan cruise tour (minimum bid of $4,500 for two people–airfare not included), and a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica for a week’s stay in a private villa (5 bedrooms) with butler and chef. Minimum bid is $6,000, or $1,500 per couple (airfare not included).

The spring finale dinner menu will feature grilled London broil, boneless chicken breast, herbed new potatoes, green beans, mixed green salad, homemade bread, fresh fruit cobbler or warm fudgy brownie with ice cream. A tentative kids’ menu for ages 8-12 is chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, carrot sticks, brownies and drink.

For more information, contact Judy Leaman, manager, at 432-4650 or