Collegiate Peaks Chorale, Notables, You’ve Got Male in concert

“Singing always makes you feel better, it lifts your spirits,” said Linda Cook, who sings with the Collegiate Peaks Chorale. “After you sing, you forget your troubles and move on.”

The Chorale will have two performances of their A Medley of Medleys spring concert series. The first will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Mountain Heights Baptist Church in Buena Vista and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the First Presbyterian Church in Salida.

“We just have a wonderful sound. It’s so good to get together and sing,” Cook said. This is her fourth season singing with the group.

The concert will feature a lot of Americana songs and ones that celebrate American heritage, she said.

“We’re doing a whole rendition of TV favorites – old stuff. Theme songs from “Happy Days,” The Jetsons, The Flintstones – songs that a lot of people my age can relate to,” Cook said.

The concerts are free to attend, but a freewill offering is greatly appreciated.

We’re All in This Together is the theme of The Noteables and You’ve Got Male spring concert series, May 4-6.

Director Linda Taylor said she chose the theme because, “We’re living in a wounded world … and we can’t do it alone.”

All the songs follow the same theme. Some are upbeat and some are serious, but Taylor assured none of them were selected by accident.

“I work on selecting music for three months before rehearsals start,” she said.

The Noteables will sing six pieces, and You’ve Got Male will sing six, and together they will sing six. One song, “Native American Thoughts,” will be sung by a 14-person ensemble.

Including the intermission, the concert will run one hour and 45 minutes.

One of the more contemporary songs on the program is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips.

Taylor said one line goes, “You’re my backbone, you’re my cornerstone, you’re my crutch when my legs stop moving.”

She said that line sums up how we can’t go through this life alone – we need each other.

The concert starts with a song called “Music Can Lead the Way” and ends with one called “Music Can Change the World.”

Taylor said the last song will be sung as a sing-a-long with the audience.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that music changes the world,” she said.  

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Clearview Community Church in Buena Vista; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Salida SteamPlant Event Center; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at First Presbyterian Church, Salida. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.