A chorale for the community

Musical group pays tribute to veterans of the Korean War

Musical group pays tribute to veterans of the Korean War

May 27, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

"In all walks of my life I have found friends who sing," said Sandra Shirey, director of St. Patrick's Chorale.

The choral group - many of them Shirey's friends who love to sing - will present a Memorial Day Concert this weekend at Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

The program, "The Hero Within," will honor veterans of the Korean War.

In its seven years of existence, the approximately 50-member chorale has paid tribute to military veterans of different eras. Last year's program, "All Aboard: Destination North Platte Canteen," highlighted the people of North Platte, Neb., who welcomed more than 6 million GIs to their railroad canteen during World War II.

This year the musical focus will be the songs of the mid-20th century, the medley "Lost in the '50s Tonight," among them.


Shirey, who also is music director at Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown, recruited another 14 friends for the concert band, which will perform at the concert.

Also in the show will be a children's chorus, dancers and vocal soloists Melanie Zayas and Joseph Regan.

Narration accompanies the program which is designed to honor heroes on the homefront, as well as the fighting forces.

"Just as we are a nation of diverse people, so, too, are our individual concepts of hero. Any man, woman or child who has inspired in us the desire to strive for the greater good of all humankind may bear the name hero," said Shirey, sharing a line from the program.

Admission to the program is free, and that is something chorale members like about the organization.

"I like the idea that we're presenting quality seasonal music for the community," said Dick Hess, a baritone and a member of St. Patrick's since its start.

Nancy Newkirk of Hagerstown said she's always loved music.

She's also been a member of St. Patrick's Chorale since it began. She said she enjoys the patriotic music and the camaraderie.

Newkirk said she likes that the concert is presented free of charge to the community and the chorale's audience has grown over the years.

St. Patrick's Chorale is becoming an important part of the community, she said.

If you go...

"The Hero Within"

St. Patrick's Chorale and Children's Chorus

7 p.m. Saturday, May 29; 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30

Kepler Theater

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive



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