Village Singers

Come join our non-auditioned community chorus, now in our 21st year, now under the direction of Valerie Lota. All are welcome to join! Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7:00 pm at St. Peter UCC Church in Lake Zurich (see sidebar on the right.)
All are cordially invited to join in on the fun!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Party at Barb's

Last night, the Village Singers again gathered at the home of hostess extraordinaire, Barb, to celebrate another successful and well-attended concert series, and have some relaxation and social time after months of Monday evenings of dedicated work.

Below (l to r) Earl, Juel, Terry, Glynda, Pat, Eva, Helen, Gwen, and Marcie pause from watching the DVD of the concert to pose for the camera.

Singers Kathy, Karen, Barb, Jim, and Carol converse around the kitchen table (to stay close to the food perhaps?)

Helen, Ellen, Chuck, and Nick share the couch... Jeannine, Lauryl, and Glynda relish the warmth of both their friends and the fire...

... and Juel, Marcie, Pat, Cory, Jim, Gwen, and Fred view the concert DVD.

Thanks again to our director, Jeannine, for another wonderful concert season, and to Barb for another convivial get-together.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Good morning everyone, I'm listening to the video of Sunday nights show and it was magnificent. It was almost flawless!! I think this may have been our best concert ever. Many of my friends are thinking about joining us in January. Have a great holiday and I'll see you on Jan 5. Love you all, Jeannine

2008 Christmas Concert

The 12th Christmas Concert by the vaunted Village Singers of Lake Zurich again set attendance records with over 350 enjoying the two performances.

Barb and Joe sang the poignant "My Grownup Christmas List.."

... and long-time chorus member Gwen continued her tradition of writing a letter incorporating all 27 song titles...

"Reminisce" is composed of Jeannine and Earl, the director and associate director, and two soloists, Joe and Carol, shown below singing "Perfect Christmas Night."

During the intermission, the singers stayed loose by posing for the camera. Here are the ladies of the chorus...

... and the men...

Kathy, Juel, and the two Barbs, also known as "N' Tune" delighted the audience with "Hold the Light."

The chorus members have a unified goal after each performance -- unwind and socialize! We always patronize Lake Zurich restaurants, with Giordano's as the location after Sunday's concert, and below is the group at Hackney's after Saturday's gig...

Another chorus tradition is gathering at the home of hostess extaordinaire Barb's for a party after all the season's work is done. The get-together is Monday night, after which I'll post photos of the festivities.

Over two dozen additional photos of the concerts are available in my photo gallery here. These photos can be downloaded, and if you have additional photos, you may upload them to the gallery for others to enjoy.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Grinch Steals Christmas...

... and Eva and Chuck may even steal the show!

Come to our performances tonight and tomorrow afternoon and see for yourself!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Concert week is here...

... for the Village Singers of Lake Zurich. Ellen and Chuck the Younger arrived early for the final Monday night rehearsal to assist Chuck the Elder with supplementary spotlight setup...

... before the singing began. All 12 songs were done by memory for the first time, letting us all know where we needed more personal work to "fine tune" words and note memorization for Friday's dress rehearsal.

Tara, our accompanist extraordinaire, mugs for the camera between selections. Without her talent and dedication, we would not be the stellar group we are!

The concerts will be held on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7th, at 3 pm and will feature these traditional and sacred selections by the chorus:

"A Baby Is the King"
"Alle, Allelu"
"Angels In Seven"
"Children, Go Tell It"
"Christmas Time Is Here"
Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"
"Jazz Jingle"
"Santa's On His Way Medley"
"Sleigh Ride"
"Swingin' At Santa's Place"
"There Is A Season"
"We Need A Little Christmas"

.. as well as a lineup of solos, duets, and small group numbers. Of course, a few surprises will also be included along with the traditional free raffle with door prizes that include gift cards totaling $300.00 from local restaurants! And it all is available for the low price of $8 ($5 for seniors.) So plan on attending!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Concert Press Release

The Village Singers, under the direction of Jeannine Saltman, will present their twelfth annual Christmas concert, “A Village Christmas,” on Saturday Dec 6 at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday Dec 7 at 3:00 P.M... The concerts will be held at the Lakeview Community Church, 330 S. Old Rand Rd, in Lake Zurich.

The program will have many familiar holiday songs such as “Sleigh Ride”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “We Need a Little Christmas” from the musical “Mame”. It will also feature music from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the popular Dr. Seuss musical “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and “A Perfect Christmas Night.”

The second half of the concert will focus on the Christmas story with the lush harmonies of “A Baby is the King” and “There is a Season” followed by the lively “Angels in Seven.”

Many of the group’s talented soloists and ensembles will also entertain, giving the evening an energetic as well as a solemn beginning to the holiday. During the finale, members of the audience will be invited to join the chorus in “The Hallelujah Chorus.”
A complimentary reception will also be held after each concert at which time the chorus will be available to mingle with the audience. This is a wonder family event that will usher in the holiday season.

The Village Singers is sponsored by the Lake Zurich Park and Recreation Department and is open to all area singers High School age through senior citizens. The group practices Monday evenings at 7:30 at the Lakeview Community Church.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door or from a member of the chorus. The price is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors. As always children are admitted free. For more information on the concert or joining the group please call (847) 726-2011.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rehearsals are in progress...

Jeannine is working us hard in preparation for our annual Christmas Concerts on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7th, at 3 pm, and we are responding with excellent results (she says!)

We even split into sectionals in order to make the best use of our limited rehearsal time so we can master the new songs. Here are the tenors and basses under the able direction of assistant director Fred and accompanist Tara...

... so get your tickets now from any chorus member -- only $8 per person!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Christmas Concert 2008 Songs

The rehearsals are well underway already as we practice the following songs for the concerts on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7th, at 3 pm:

"A Baby Is the King"
"Alle, Allelu"
"Angels In Seven"
"Children, Go Tell It"
"Christmas Time Is Here"
Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"
"Jazz Jingle"
"Santa's On His Way Medley"
"Sleigh Ride"
"Swingin' At Santa's Place"
"There Is A Season"
"We Need A Little Christmas"

PLUS a lineup of surprises! So plan on attending!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rehearsals for Christmas Concert...

... begin on Monday, August 18th, 2008, at 7:30 pm at Lakeview Community Church. Contact Jeannine at (847) 726-2011 for information. We are a non-auditioned chorus and ALL are invited to join us as we make wonderful music and have a ton of fun doing it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Spring Concert Sample Performance

Here's a sample from our Spring Concert, "America Sings" -- a medley of three Irving Berlin songs you are sure to recognize...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Record Attendance At Concerts!

Songs of Broadway and the silver screen brightened the weekend for those who attended the two performances of the Village Singers of Lake Zurich.

Well over 300 fans enjoyed the lively and lovely concerts, easily a new record in the six years I've been a member. Our audiences grow each concert as more attend and pass on the word about the high caliber of this "hidden treasure" of Lake Zurich.

Singers who arrive early employ various means to pass the time before warm-ups begin, as demonstrated by Helen and Chuck.

Amongst the several specialty numbers were long-time member Joe...

... and Pat and Fred.

Emcee extraordinaire, Byron Saltman, with the able assistance of Sienna and Jacob, presided over the traditional raffle drawing of gifts and certificates from local businesses.

Our profound gratitude to our founder and director, Jeannine Saltman, was expressed through the presentation of flowers...

Several dozen additional photos, which can be downloaded to your computer, can be seen here.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Final Rehearsal for concert

Jeannine had one last opportunity to whip us into shape...

... and all the smiling faces prove everyone is happy with the results and proud of the 4 months of hard work learning and memorizing all the songs. We're ready for the concerts tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon, so y'all come on over and enjoy the show!

You sure don't want to miss the variety of solos and small groups which will entertain you, such as Reminisce seen below...

and the lovely ladies of 'N Tune...

... and our resident comedy troupe singing about the "Kids" of today.

See the posts below for all the info about the concerts.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Concert week is here!

Concert week has arrived, and both of the bass section Chucks came to rehearsal early to prepare the raffle tickets for the big intermission drawings...

... and then the final regular rehearsal on stage demonstrated that the chorus is well prepared for the shows next weekend.

One more rehearsal Friday night and then concerts on Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss these wonderful shows! See below for all the info.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Concert Approaches

Less than 2 weeks until our 2 performances (Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday May 4th) and the group is working conscientiously to master and memorize the chorus pieces as the soloists and group ensembles put the finishing touches on their pieces.

It's always rewarding and stimulating to realize that the songs that were so difficult and new and challenging 3 months ago, now are such beautiful sounding pieces which will delight the audience and provide the chorus members with feelings of accomplishment and pride. Come to one of the shows and see for yourself!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

America Sings! the theme for our next concerts on May 3rd & 4th, 2008,
and will be a tribute to American composers and performers.

The lineup of songs to be presented include:

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
“Come Fly with Me”
“Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses”
Irving Berlin Medley
“On the Sunny Side of the Street”
Rogers & Hammerstein Medley
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain”
“The Shadow of Your Smile”
“You Are So Beautiful”
‘You Raise Me Up”

Everyone's been working diligently to stage another wonderful performance...

... so please don't miss it!