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Albany Chorale presenting annual fundraiser

ALBANY — Is it a fundraiser or a funraiser? Actually it’s both. The Albany Chorale’s annual event raises fun for the audience while raising funds for the treasury.

This year’s show, “A Night of Classic Broadway,” will be held Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Educational Center at Chehaw Wild Animal Park. Conducted by Dr. Marcia Hood, the show will feature solo, small ensemble, and full choral numbers accompanied by pianist Meri Beth Hillard and the Charlie Meyer Band. The $50 admission covers heavy hors d’oevres before the show and dessert at intermission as well as the show itself. There will also be a cash bar.

The Chorale will revisit the premieres of some of Broadway’s biggest smash hits with a medley from “My Fair Lady” and showstoppers from a smorgasbord of other favorites — including “West Side Story,” “Mame,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Music Man,” and Sweet Charity.”

“It will be an exciting, entertaining selection of Broadway tunes that everyone loves — everything from “Oklahoma” to “Les Miserables,” said March McCarty, head of the fundraiser’s planning committee. “The melodies will linger long after the show.”

Those who are not actively involved in a performing arts group may wonder why the Chorale needs to raise funds. “People just get together and sing, right?” they ask. But it is not that simple.

Giving concerts cost money. The Chorale’s single greatest expenditure goes to the salaries of the director and the accompanist, who ensure a high level of performance. Then, there is music to be purchased, tickets, program, flyers to be printed and advertising for the concerts. There may also be accrued costs for a concert venue, paid guest vocalists and instrumentalists, and rights to perform the music of composers or arrangers. Finally, aside from concert expenses, the Chorale gives back to the community by sponsoring vocal music scholarships to Darton State College and Albany State University.

This is why the Albany Chorale is working so hard to make “A Night of Classic Broadway” a enjoyable night of entertainment for everyone. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Albany Area Arts Council or from any Chorale member, or purchased at the door the night of the event. For more information call Sheila Phillips at (229) 435-1667.