The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir invites you to its First Annual Memorial Day concert being held on Thursday, May 21st at Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah Campus. The performance begins at 7:30 pm and is free to the public. All ages are welcome. The event will be introduced by University of Utah VP Fred Esplin and Stan Penfold of the Salt Lake City Council.
The performance will include a number of traditional American folk songs and, to celebrate Memorial Day, a selection of patriotic favorites in honor of our local veterans. The concert will feature a variety of guest artists including Avenues resident, Kelly Clark Parkinson, an accomplished professional violinist and recording artist. Jared Oaks, Assistant Conductor of Ballet West, will accompany her on the piano. In addition, Kelly will join with Avenues resident, Jill Kinney, a choir member and flutist, in violin and flute accompaniment of several choir selections. The concert will also feature the Random Ramblers, a seasoned bluegrass group featuring Dan Bates on the fiddle, Rex Shupe on the Banjo, and Clark Johnson on the bass. The local trio brings an unpredictable vibe to every energetic performance. Peggy DeAzevedo, an Avenues resident, directs the Choir. Avenues resident, Susie Seggar, and former Avenues resident, Susan Johnsen, will accompany the Choir.
The Choir is an all-volunteer organization that attracts a diverse cross section of Avenues singers, musicians, and supporters who unite in seeking for and investing in neighborly interactions for the Greater Avenues neighborhoods. The Choir, which operates as an official committee of the Greater Avenues Community Council, is a non-profit qualified to accept tax-deductible donations.
Below is an article from the Salt Lake City Magazine, it talks about the Christmas concert in 2014:
New Choir on the Block Makes Holiday Debut
On Thursday, Dec. 18, The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir brought us its first holiday concert. It was an inaugural affair done boldly, and certainly didn’t skimp on reimaginings of classic carols, mashups and audience participation.
The non-denominational, volunteer local 70-member ensemble joined special guest instrumentalists, under the direction of Peggy de Azevedo. The rollicking night within the lush concert environs of The University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Hall drew mostly young families whose wide-eyed children were eager to declare, “I know this song!” or “Ooh, this is the song from Frozen!”
But even such assuredness was kindly challenged by the choir. “Walking in the Air,” arranged by Audrey Snyder, seamlessly segued from “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” to “Jingle Bell Rock,” to “Let it Snow,” to pretty much the entire catalog of playful fun-in-the-snow hallmarks.
To boot, “Still Still Still” showcased the oneness of the choristers’ voices — and proved the ideal instrument for parents to rock their sobbing infants to sleep.
The well-rounded program of secular and religious songs also highlighted the talents of organist Matthew Clayton, who performed “Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella” precariously above the choir’s heads. Violinist Maria Clayton was the show-stealer, providing an exquisitely somber solo rendition of “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” which drew tears from both sides of the stage.
In the above photo, I am the soprano directly behind the violinist with the sparkley top and glasses. My sister-in-law, Lana is directly behind me with glasses and a red scarf. Lana's daughter, Amber is directly behind her mom with a red scarf.
The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir was founded by Avenues residents this past summer, on the basis of fostering community inclusiveness and bringing individual talents and diversity to the fore. It is an official committee of the Greater Avenues Community Council (GACC).
Plans to host performances during the holiday season and in the spring of each upcoming year are under way for the choir. For more information about the performance please visit avenueschoir.org.