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Choral Society seeks members

Dear Editor:

This fall the Aspen/Glenwood Choral Society begins its 33rd season. We would like to extend an invitation to all people in the community to be part of another concert season.

The Society’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah has become a holiday tradition and in recent years has developed a very strong following in the Glenwood Springs area, recruiting singers and patrons from as far away as Rifle and Parachute.

Many people argue they can’t sing as a justification for not joining a chorus. The truth is that most of the members of this chorus are amateurs, and most who join find that, through the welcoming, low-pressure rehearsal atmosphere and with the aid of recorded learning tapes or CDs, they can quickly become comfortable with the music. There are no auditions. Singers simply attend the rehearsals and spend some time with the learning material. Music is available for purchase at area music stores.

Our annual fundraising campaign is at hand, and to that end, many of you will soon receive our fundraising letter. We ask that you respond with any amount you can. It is only through personal donations and grants from area cities and arts organizations that this effort can be realized.

Most nonprofit organizations are feeling pinched these days, and the Aspen/Glenwood Choral Society is no exception. Despite its relatively small profile, the Society has become a well-known and respected group. But it takes a lot of money to make this happen. It is through the generosity of our donors and the dedication of the members that the Society will have another successful season. Please join us. Interested singers may call Ray Adams at 925-3685.

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Messiah rehearsal dates are:

• In Aspen – Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 533 Main St.

• In Glenwood Springs – Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Nov. 2, at United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper;

Larry Tallmadge

ACS board member