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Choir to celebrate 20 years before Cornwall trip
The 20th Anniversary Spring Concert by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

Entitled “Inspiration,” the concert is the culmination of two decades of music, service and heritage under the leadership of choir founder and musical director Eleanor Kenitzer. The program will include a rousing send-off of the group to an international festival in Cornwall. New and old musical favorites will be featured, with a centerpiece of four new songs.

“Inscription of Hope” is an emotional piece based on words written on the walls of a basement where Jewish refugees hid during World War II. “Homage” celebrates the inspiration of fathers; Charles Dickens’ words offer the conviction of enduring values in “Things That Never Die;” and “Though Much Is Taken, Much Abides” encourages perseverance to achieve great things in later life with words from Lord Tennyson.

The program will include inspirational anthems, spirituals and show tunes. The choir will do a tribute to their singers who have passed away and a celebration of the community groups with the choir and audience together will sing the familiar theme songs “Trelawney,” “Take Me Home” and “What Would I Do Without My Music.”

Being a part of Nevada County’s Cornish heritage is an important part of GVMVC’s mission. Part of the musical program will be numbers the group will perform at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, after which they will be formally “sent out” by community leaders to represent our county in Cornwall as they launch their tour just two days after the concert. Almost 40 singers, spouses and friends will make the trip to sing in five regional concerts, interact with sister cities Bodmin and Penzance, and tour the Cornwall region.

Advance tickets are $15 and available at The Book Seller or at GVMaleVoiceChoir.org/tickets. Tickets at the door, if available, are $20.