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KHS Concert Chorale performs for Golden K

Kingsford High School Concert Chorale members from left, in the front row are Evan Rittenhouse-Witynski, Noel Myers, Madison Harteau, Merissa O’Connell, Delany Harris, Lynnsey VanMarter, Ivan McDonald, Ethan Miller, and Michael Reidl; in back, Chris Maynard, Matthew Keebaugh, Jenna Watson, Audrey Harrell, Lily Boehmfeldt, Ashley Branam, Jeana Palmer, Jacob Lobner, and Dayton Kuehl.

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — The birds are singing, the flowers are working their through the winter mulch, rabbits are hopping and the trees are stretching their branches, glad to be free of the snow cover. Sunshine or not — spring has sprung.

Monday morning saw many returning “snow birds.” Is it the meeting, the coffee and doughnuts or the company that they were missing? Maybe they got too much sunshine. Whatever the reason, it is always nice to welcome back those wandering soles.

Sharon Scholke, chairwoman, got busy ringing her bell, signaling the group it was time to begin the day. They welcomed guests Bud and Dorothy Edlund and the Kingsford High School Concert Chorale. After handing the 50-50 winnings over to Bob Tachick, it then was time for Alyce Derwinski to get the piano rocking out songs for the members to sing. Under the skillful direction of Don Pedo, music was filling the fellowship hall.

Paul Ward, program chairman, introduced the Kingsford High School Concert Chorale under the direction of Jeremiah Garrigues-Cortelyou. As this group of students began assembling, the Golden Kers settled back to enjoy their performance. These young people come dressed in suits for the boys and long blue dresses for the girls –very sharp-looking — and ready to sing.

Opening with “I Can Feel The Rhythm” it became clear these students had it altogether. Continuing on with a medley of songs from the “Lion King,” included “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” rounded out their repertoire.

With featured soloists Jeana Palmer and Chris Maynard, this chorale gave their audience an overview of the versatility of the students.

Golden K thanks the students, director Garrigues-Cortelyou and the Kingsford High School staff for allowing them “time off “ to share their music with the Golden K.

Ward left the group with this “Thought for the Day” which he attributed to Ernest Hemingway, written for kids, but good advice for all ages: “Before you act — listen, before you react — think, before you spend — earn, before you criticize — wait, before you pray — forgive and before you quit — try.”

The Golden K will meet Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. A representative from bringing a representative from Bay Cliff Health Camp to catch them up on the changes and their programs.

The Golden Throats sing Wednesday at ManorCare in Kingsford.

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