By Michael Weiner
When you think of the Town of Fallsburg, there’s much to celebrate about how our town is the focal point of great Sullivan County cultural activity that enhances our way of life here.
There are a number of important arts and cultural institutions that call the Town of Fallsburg home, including the Sullivan County Museum and The Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop in South Fallsburg, The Stagedoor Manor Summer Camp in Loch Sheldrake, and The Living Torah Museum in Fallsburg. SUNY Sullivan annually offers a series of cultural events at its Loch Sheldrake campus and our Fallsburg Central School District also presents great theatrical, music, and other cultural events.
This Sunday afternoon, another great Sullivan County cultural institution that makes the Town of Fallsburg its home is celebrating its 36th Anniversary at its Spring Concert and I would urge you to take some time out of your Sunday to attend their performance.
The Sullivan County Community Chorus will be singing on June 9th at 3:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church on Route 42 north of Woodbourne a very interesting program celebrating Jewish music called “L’Chaim! Honoring The Jewish Culture with Kevin J. Giroux as Conductor and Keira Weyant as Accompanist.
The concert will feature “The Holocaust Cantata-Songs from the Camps,” a very powerful musical experience which features readings by Sullivan County residents who themselves or had family that endured the Holocaust as well as songs and lyrics composed by prisoners while incarcerated in concentration camps. Other Jewish Cultural Songs will be sung, including Include Broadway (Fiddler on the Roof, which is one of my favorites), Folksongs, Love Songs, & Sacred Hymns. Admission to the concert is Adults: $15, Senior Citizens: $12 Students: $10.
The Sullivan County Community Chorus was founded by Monticello math and music teachers Lucille Horton and Marty Banner. In 1978, the chorus incorporated as a non-profit organization and they soon thereafter received their first Decentralization grant, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Sullivan County Community College hired Marty as an Adjunct Professor and gave them a place to rehearse. Up until this time, they had rehearsed at Monticello High School. Eventually, they made the Immaculate Conception Church their home to rehearse and present their performances.
Town of Fallsburg residents have always offered great support for the Sullivan County Community Chorus,. In the Fall of 2011, Harvey and Eileen Krieger of Woodridge donated a grand piano to the chorus for use at their concerts. This wonderful gift greatly contributed to the chorus’ efforts to continue to make lovely music to share with Sullivan County.
Since its founding, the Sullivan County Community Chorus, which has over 40 members, has been giving two concerts a year and has provided its members a great outlet for their musical and vocal talents. The Chorus is now led by Chairman and President Louis J. Setren, a probation officer for Sullivan County.
The Town Board would like to say congratulations on The Chorus’ anniversary and note the great accomplishments and contributions of the Sullivan County Community Chorus. We recognize its important contribution to our community and to the cultural scene of Sullivan County.
It’s imperative to support cultural groups like the Chorus because they contribute to our unique, wonderful country way of life that makes the Town of Fallsburg a great place to live.
So please attend their concert this Sunday.
The Chorus is always looking for new members who want to learn, sing, and share their love of music with others.
To join or for more information on Sunday’s concert and other planned events, please call Lucille Horton at 794-7869 or email Lou Setrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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