The Village Singers will kick off their 19th season on a bittersweet note.
The Singers have dedicated the upcoming concert, “Love, Love Me Do,” to the memory of longtime director Karla Wright, who died in February.
In another unfortunate turn for the group, interim director Nick Klein will be performing his last shows with the group at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
“It’s sad,” Klein said of his departure. The former choir director for Grove City High School has enrolled in the University of Washington’s doctor of music arts program.
He said his goal is to sing professionally.
“Nick’s very important to us,” said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Village Singers. “We can’t wait to follow his career.”
Quinton Jones, the Singers accompanist, will continue to play for the group.
Admission to the show is $10. Tickets can be purchased the Meeting Haus. Owens said the shows typically sell out.
The show will feature songs of love, Owens said, but not necessarily love songs. The Singers will not do any Beatles’ songs, including “Love Me Do,” one of the Fab Four’s early hits.
Songs include “Happy Together,” by the Turtles; “For Once in my Life,” by Stevie Wonder; “And so it goes,” by Billy Joel; and “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” a standard recorded by multiple artists, .
“Some of these songs are difficult,” Owens said.
He said 32 vocalists are performing in the 90-minute concert, which will feature 30 solo medleys.
Money raised from the concerts helps The Villagers pay for sheet music and other costs and goes into an endowment fund so the singers can fund scholarships that pay for youngsters to go to summer band camp, Owens said.