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Sweet Adelines chorus fills Bowman Concert Hall with well-known tunes

July 07, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Heart of Maryland Chorus performs at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

Whether they were standing with their open hands by their sides or pointing toward the ceiling as they sang, a Sweet Adelines chorus filled the Bowman Concert Hall at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday with some well-known patriotic tunes, Broadway songs and pop hits.

The 24 women in the Heart of Maryland Chorus were really good, said Hagerstown resident Donna Souders, who added that she considers herself a “good critic” because she sang barbershop harmony with a Sweet Adelines group for 20 years.

Souders said she enjoyed the Rockville, Md., group’s harmonies, vocal projections, choreography and facial expressions.

The choreography made the concert interesting without making it complicated, said Joyce Chestnut of Hagerstown.

The monthly concert series at the museum in Hagerstown’s City Park has been going on for decades and helps the museum cover various art programs, said Wallace Lee, the museum’s development director.

This was the first Sweet Adelines concert for Hagerstown resident Marilyn Statton and her husband, Tom, who both said they enjoyed the show.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Marilyn Statton said.

Tom Statton said the bass voices were particularly good, and he enjoyed the group’s rendition of “New York, New York.”

One of those bass voices came from Jocelyn Lang of Montgomery Village, Md., who joined the chorus 12 years ago after finishing night college classes and seeing a flier about the group.

“I love it. It’s a lot of fun,” Lang said.

Among the tunes the Sweet Adelines sang were “I Will Survive,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Under the Boardwalk” and “God Bless America,” which they asked the audience of about 50 people to sing with them.

Boonsboro resident Sabrina Blair said she and her daughter, Chiara, loved the concert.

Chiara sang in a chorus in March when Barbara Ingram School for the Arts offered singing lessons for middle school students, they said.

“I love women’s chorus,” Chiara said.

Also in the audience was Bill Collins, whose wife, Karen, is director of the Heart of Maryland Chorus.

“I attend every concert that they give,” said Collins, who described himself as a roadie who helps carry equipment.

“They put on a good show,” he said.

Collins said he was impressed by the museum, which he walked around before the concert.

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