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Encore Chorales from Goodwin Houses of Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads, Langston Brown Senior Center of Arlington,  Workhouse at Lorton Arts Center , Myerberg Senior Center of Baltimore and Smithsonian Resident Associates Program all combined on Tuesday May 20 to present a wonderful spring concert at the Thomas Jefferson Theatre, Arlington.  The 160 singers, ages 57 to 96,  dressed in concert black, were  in excellent voice and thrilled their large and enthusiastic audience.  Jeanne Kelly , founder and director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, conducted the chorale.

The evening began with an uplifting Sing and Rejoice by Russell Robinson .  It was obvious the singers were enjoying themselves from the first note.  And the Night Shall Be Filled With Music, a hushed, stunning piece, was sung so sensitively and with professional nuance.  It was one of the highlights.

The Encore Brass added to the concert with a lovely Simple Gifts ,  a traditional Shaker hymn.  Following, the choir gave spectacular performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Somewhere and Tonight from West Side Story .   They sang with passion and focus and it brought the house down, only to be followed by Impossible Dream . The chorale was truly in top form.

Encore Brass delighted the audience with the Theme from Masterpiece Theater , Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret .   Then it was time for the chorale to strut their stuff with fabulous renditions of Irving Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band and a great performance of Let’s Dance! including the jazzy tune Puttin’ on the Ritz ,  the very sultry and romantic singing of Let’s Dance and the rhythmically precise Steppin’ Out with My Baby . The audience loved the repertoire and applause showed it.  The chorale members were having the time of their lives up on stage.  The audience felt uplifted and they were certainly enjoying the evening.

The performance came to a close with  three patriotic pieces performed with humble sincerity.  The Encore Brass joined the chorale for the beautiful America followed by a heartfelt performance of American Hymn which the chorale performed for the 9/11 "Arlington Remembers" Service.  The chorus ended the program with a rousing and stirring rendition of the Armed Forces Salute and the audience members clapped to the beat and stood when their military service branch's tune was being sung.  It was a terrific way to end a wonderful and memorable evening.

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