Ready to hear some music?
Barry County Community Choir concert on Thursday
The Barry County Community Choir is warming up their vocal cords again, planning a spring concert for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Mary Richmiller, co-director of the Barry County Community Choir, said members from all over the county participate in the choir.
“We practice once a week for an hour-and-a-half in the community building at Crowder,” she said. “The concert is going to be in the FEMA Event Center at the Cassville school.”
Richmiller said the concert will probably last an hour-and-a-half, and there are eight numbers the choir will perform.
“It is a great way to connect with our community, and to connect with people that we don’t normally hang out with,” she said. “It has just been so fun.”
Richmiller said there are members as young as 18 years old and members in their 70s.
“There really isn’t a theme to the spring concert,” she said. “We are doing a number from the Greatest Showman, The Music Man, a barber shop number, a patriotic number and a couple of a capella numbers.”
Richmiller said instead of theming the concert, the choir tried to find a variety of different things for people to enjoy.
“The Christmas concert was our first ever show,” she said. “Each year, we have a spring session and a fall session. We practice for 12-14 weeks and then end with a concert.”
Richmiller said there aren’t a lot of concerts, but she hopes it is a chance for people to get out and enjoy themselves.
“The concerts are totally free,” she said. “We want people to come out and listen to us. The concert is like a little gift that we are giving back to the community.”
Richmiller said being a part of the choir gives the members something fun to do.
“It gives them a way to express themselves with other people in an artsy way,” she said. “It is a way to create beautiful music with other people. There is some emotion tied into that.”
Richmiller said the choir creates a little community for its members.
“By the time our concerts come around, we are all really close to each other,” she said. “It is wonderful to see that, we don’t see things like that very often in today’s society.”
Richmiller said she has been reading more and more about how community choirs are being developed and how great that is for people.
“Not only is it beneficial for the members, we help bring the community together to come and listen to us and experience something great,” she said.
Richmiller said the Christmas concert was well-received, and she hopes that people will enjoy the spring concert as well.
For more information about joining the Barry County Community Choir, people can visit the Facebook page BCCC Barry County Community Choir.