Thursday, May 16, 2013

Women's chorus Noteworthy to perform favorite 20th-century tunes TONIGHT, May 16.

HOUGHTON -- The women’s chorus Noteworthy will present "Vintage … Vibrant … Vivacious," a concert of favorite 20th-century melodies dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s, at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, May 16, at St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton.

The women's chorus Noteworthy, directed by Joan Petrelius, left, performs at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock last December. Tonight they will offer a concert at St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Noteworthy, the only women’s barbershop chorus in the Copper Country, is recognized for its lush tonal quality and intricate, a cappella harmonies.

Songs on the program range from high-energy dance tunes like "This Joint is Jumpin'" and  Carole King’s "One Fine Day" (made famous by the Chiffons) to the torch ballad "It’s a Pity to Say Good Night," once sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Other favorites include the barbershop standard "Bye Bye Blues," "Wild and Wooly Cowgirl," the Barbra Streisand classic "Second Hand Rose," "Consider Yourself" from the musical Oliver! and the toe-tapping gospel tune "Ride the Chariot."

"We picked this music because we love it, and we thought our audience would love it too," said Director Joan Petrelius. "Plus, it reflects the vibrant, vivacious women of Noteworthy."

The Copper Notes quartet -- with Marilyn Sager, Bonnie Horn, Shelba Marietta and Hollie Pierce -- will also perform "Baby Face" and the Elvis Presley tune "Have You Ever Been Lonely." Carla Johnson will join Pierce in singing "Tonight, You Belong to Me."

Admission is free. A free-will donation will be taken to benefit the Angel Mission in Calumet, which provides free items to families in need, and music scholarships for St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Noteworthy welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the group, contact Petrelius at or 482-5088.

St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 1010 Madeleine Street, Houghton.

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