The Bexley Choral Society is accepting new members for its 2020 spring season and preparing for a special performance.
The choir includes community members performing with the combined Bexley High School choirs, chamber orchestra and soloists. This year's performance is set for 2 p.m. April 26 at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre, 326 S. Cassingham Road. However, those planning to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org first to make sure it's still on considering the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
"We've sometimes partnered with Bexley High School, sometimes partnered with church choirs," said Sue Wiechart-White, a choral society member who helps recruit singers. "We do a short fall season and a short spring season."
The spring performance will help raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease by including the "Alzheimer's Stories" composition by Herschel Garfein and Robert Cohen. The composition is based on recollections of individuals and their families who have faced the disease, which affects memory and other mental functions.
"A lot of the members of the choral society are older and have had to deal with this with their parents, so that's going to make it a little more real," Wiechart-White said. "It just seems to make it more powerful."
The 30-minute work has movements and parts for soloists and is accompanied by a chamber orchestra, according to a press release from the choral group. The Bexley Choral Society accepts singers of all ages and skill levels, and there is no audition involved to join the choir, Wiechart-White said.
"We try to provide all kinds of recordings for people that feel a little insecure or maybe haven't sung for a long time," she said. "There are also musicians who are willing to play through a part to help people out."