Sweet Adelines’ Spring Cabaret fundraiser concert,
Which is most impressive is difficult to tell: the rich history of the Sweet Adelines, its compelling musical genre or the positive spirits of the women who make up the chorus. On March 23 at 7pm, the Fox Valley Chorus (FVC), composed of about 35 women, will take the stage to perform at Fox Valley Technical College in their 2-hour long Sweet Adelines’ Spring Cabaret fundraiser concert, . The money raised will be funding FVC’s continuous education in their unique musical style.
In 1970 the FVC became a member of Sweet Adelines International, a non-profit educational organization and one of the largest women’s singing organizations in the world.
Kathryn Buss, a member of the FVC since 2003, believes this chorus provides her with more than just an outlet for singing. The joy of producing a quality product, continual education about the craft and lifetime friendships with women from across the state are all perks of participating in the chorus, she says.
“The music that is presented by the chorus and the group is the unique American art form of barbershop style singing,” Buss says. “You don’t get that in other concert venues.”
The harmonics of barbershop style singing produce overtones and pedal tones — more notes than are actually being sung. The musical form is second only to opera in difficulty, according to Buss.
The venue was chosen for its intimate setting and will include desserts and “mock-tails” for purchase from the FVTC culinary students. SINGIN’ Entertainment will perform before the show and during intermission, and the Insongniacs from Appleton East High School will accompany the FVC during the show.
Seating is limited to 300. For more information on purchasing tickets, call Joanie Susko at 982-5639.
—By Sara Stein