The Pendleton Men’s Chorus first performed in Newport in June 2016. Their concert benefitted the “Entertain The Future” PAC Capital Campaign. Now they are looking forward to their second opportunity to sing at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The concert is by donation.
This season’s programming features music from the world of operetta, including music by such composers as Gilbert and Sullivan, Sigmund Romberg and Franz Lehar. Among this year’s selections are “Stouthearted Men” from “The New Moon,” “Drinking Song” from “The Student Prince,” “Women” from “The Merry Widow,” and “The Pirate King” from “The Pirates of Penzance.”
Directed by retired Pendleton High School music teacher Bill Mayclin and accompanied by Sue Nelson, the chorus gives one major concert each spring, and performs at a variety of community events throughout the year.
“The Pendleton Men’s Chorus was such a success the first time that we really look forward to their return engagement,” says Catherine Rickbone, OCCA executive director. “Their generosity is amazing since they perform the concert complimentary, plus they travel here, lodge and eat all on their own dime. What a gift.”
In the fall of 2007, the College-Community Theatre of Pendleton staged the musical 1776. When the production was over, several of the male cast members wanted to keep on singing. As a result, a first rehearsal was scheduled in February 2008, and the Pendleton Men’s Chorus was born. Beginning with 22 men, the group today has grown to 56 members. Now in its 10th season, the chorus remains a non-auditioned group: the only requirement is that the men love to sing. All members are volunteers. Members range in age from high school age to mid-80s, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many are retired; most are still working.
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