BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — The Davis Master Chorale has a busy spring planned.
The choir will hold its annual spring benefit concert tonight, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Davis High School. The group will then immediately start rehearsing for its upcoming appearance at the National Memorial Day Choral Festival, which will be held in Washington D.C. this May.
The April 11 concert, titled “Ye Shall Have A Song,” will focus on well-known spirituals such as “Elijah Rock” by Moses Hogan and “Come, Come Ye Saints” by William Clayton.
“There are some really pretty numbers,” said Carroll Weaverling-Bowery, a member of the group.
Though the concert is free, the choir will accept donations for a pool party for children with Down syndrome that they’ll hold later this summer. The choir has held a benefit pool party for the last four years, alternating between children with autism and Down syndrome.
“We have so much fun,” said Weaverling-Bowery of the pool parties, which are held at the South Davis Recreation Center. “We enjoy them just as much as the kids do.”
Once the benefit concert wraps up, the choir will focus on patriotic numbers for the Washington D.C. concert. Craig Jessop, a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the director of this year’s choral festival, is responsible for inviting the chorale.
“Several of our members have retired from the choir as well, including our director Jim Johnson,” said Weaverling-Bowery. “That’s how he knew about our group.”
The chorale will join five other choirs from around the country for a concert at the Kennedy Center on May 26. The next day, the group will be among those performing at the start of the annual Memorial Day parade.
“It’ll be a fun adventure for us,” said Weaverling-Bowery. “Everyone is really looking forward to it.”