Choral Society 30 year celebration concerts

The Little Traverse Choral Society (LTCS) will be “Celebrating 30 Years of Song” at their upcoming concert performances.


The Saturday, May 18, concert will be at 7:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs. This year’s Sunday matinee will be a special 30th anniversary performance at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor at 3:00 PM.

The 70-plus voice choir is comprised of singers from across the Tip of the Mitt.

Singers span a spectrum of age and experience, and share a love of choral singing. On average, singers have over a decade of singing with the LTCS.

The group is directed by Chris Hodges of Gaylord, and accompanied by Ellen Kendall of Charlevoix.

They gather in Petoskey for weekly Tuesday night rehearsals from fall until spring, and perform concerts in early December and May.

This year’s celebratory concerts have been supported in part by generous grants from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and also the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

In keeping with the theme for the upcoming concerts, “Celebrating 30 Years of Song,” the first half is comprised of selections about music or singing. They include a Gwyneth Walker arrangement of the uplifting Quaker hymn, “How Can I Keep From Singing?,” the rousing “Come to the Music,” and “I Am in Need of Music,” a moving musical rendition of the poem “Sonnet” by Elizabeth Bishop.

The Little Traverse Youth Choir will lead off the second half of the concert by performing five selections. The Choral Society will round out the rest of the concert singing a collection of favorites from previous concerts, including the lovely “Dirait-on,” sung in French, “O Sifuni Mungu,” sung in Swahili and with an African beat, and a musical arrangement of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” sung in Carroll’s delightful, inventive nonsense language.

LTCS 30-year commemorative mugs will be available for sale at the Sunday concert at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. The mugs, created by artists at Sturgeon River Pottery, are available for $20 each.

Concert tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students; children 12 and under may attend for free. Tickets are available from choir members, at the door or at for the Sunday concert.

Please contact Karen Wooster, LTCS Administrative Director, at or at 517-888-3335 for any questions.


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