2005-12-01 / Letters to the Editor

A concert to remember

The town of Jamestown should be very proud of the fact that after 14 months of inspiration, co-operation, and hard work, the Jamestown Community Chorus was privileged to have been one of the performing choruses involved in the formation of the Rhode Island Festival Chorus, which presented its inaugural concert, “RISings,” at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Karen Adams, news anchor at WPRI, Channel 12, was the emcee of this first-ever choral event on Nov. 20.

The first “meeting of interest” regarding the formation of the RI Festival Chorus took place at the Jamestown library in September 2004. B. J. Whitehouse became chairman of the Festival Committee and worked with representatives from the participating Rhode Island choruses. He is to be congratulated for putting into action his dream of bringing R.I. choruses together in song. As Ms. Adams so adeptly said to the many hundreds of people at the concert, “BJ spun his web of dreams with such skill and passion that by meeting‚’s end, everyone was completely enticed by his grand scheme.”

This outstanding event brought together representatives from five choruses who were tireless in their devotion to promote this inaugural event. They were the best and brightest anyone would want to produce a spectacular musical program.

The performing choruses were the Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus, Jamestown Community Chorus, Narragansett Bay Chorus, North Kingstown Community Chorus, and the West Bay Chorale, almost 300 voices. They presented musical pieces individually and then six selections en masse under the superb direction of Richard D. Mathey of Ohio, with accompaniment by Dale Munschy, director of the West Bay Chorale.

“America the Beautiful,” with an overlay by the barbershop genius of the Narragansett Bay Chorus concluded the program. The entire audience stood and recognized the musical talent of the choruses with thunderous applause.

The chorus has forged many new friendships and hopes that the future will offer us more opportunities to bring communities closer together through song.

Our appreciation to all for outstanding support in this choral venture.

Marion Gomez, public relations, Jamestown Community Chorus

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