Rainbow Chorus gets groovy with May 30 show

The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington has announced a concert to mark the spring of its 14th season.

 Tickets are now on sale for Peace, Love, Rock n’ Roll, a celebration of music and mem­ories from the 1960s and 1970s. The event takes place at 8pm on May 30, at Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Avenue.

Rainbow Chorus board chairman Marg Perchaluk said when members were asked to pick a favourite concert theme, songs from the Vietnam War era were at the top of everyone’s list.

“It produced some of the best songs for choral arrange­ments. It was the era of Mo­town, folk, soul, protest songs – and rock, of course,” Perchaluk said.

“We’re excited to be pre­senting our own interpretation of this great music.”

The audiences will hear classic songs from Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Pa­pas, Ian and Sylvia, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Righteous Broth­ers, Original Caste, and many more.

Throughout the evening, chorus members will share stories and images to com­memorate the era that brought the world Trudeaumania, The Boys in the Band, Woodstock, and various "hip" fashion trends.

A silent auction will also be held featuring artwork, gift baskets and other items donated by individuals and businesses in the community.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $5 for children under 12. Tickets can be pur­chased through PayPal on the Rainbow Chorus website: www.rainbowchorus.ca, at the Guelph Artisans’ Store in the Old Quebec Street Mall, Opus II in Kitchener or from Rainbow Chorus members.

Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 on a first come, first served basis.

The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington formed in 1994, and is a charitable, non-profit organization of amateur non-auditioned choral singers who celebrate the diversity of the community through song.

Under the direction of artistic director Robert Miller since 2000, the chorus has parti­ci­pated in numerous community events.

In 2006, the Rainbow Chor­us was honoured to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.