2011-06-30 / News

JCC receives grant for its December concerts

The Jamestown Community Chorus has received a grant from the Newport County Fund that will help provide orchestral musicians to accompany the singers at its December 2011 concert.

The chorus was one of 16 Newport County non-profit organizations to receive grants from the fund in an awards ceremony held on June 23 at the Yacht Restoration Center in Newport. In attendance to accept the award were chorus President Dorothy Strang, Vice President John Mc- Cauley and Secretary Pat Perry.

The Newport County Fund was established to enhance the quality of life in the communities of Newport County. It was established as a permanent endowment of the Rhode Island Foundation in 2002 and is guided by a volunteer advisory committee of Newport County residents. This year’s grants went to 16 organizations and totaled $110,144.

The chorus’ grant was for $1,669. These funds will provide partial support for performers’ fees to add orchestral accompaniment to the rehearsals and public performances of the group’s concerts. A program of selections from Handel’s “Messiah” will be featured.

The chorus, which was founded in 1949 and led since 1989 by Music Director B.J. Whitehouse, will begin rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church. Singers in all voice ranges are invited to join. There are no auditions.

For more information, call 423- 1574 or visit the chorus’ webpage on the town’s website.

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