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On May 13, 2017, over 700 Encore singers took to the stage at Washington, DC's DAR Consitution Hall, celebrating Encore's Tenth Anniversary and the accomplishments of Encore's Founder Jeanne Kelly.  Jeanne and Associate Artistic Director Jeffrey Dokken led first the Encore ROCKS singers, then Encore Chorale in a most memorable two hours of music.  Encore's Executive Director, Mary Spencer, delivered opening remarks and introduced emcee Jed Duvall, a former Encore board member and retired national television news correspondent. 

Other concert speakers included Martha Boudreau, Vice President of Marketing and Development for AARP, a presenting sponsor of the concert, and Wendy Miller, wife of the late Dr. Gene Cohen. Jeanne Kelly led a segment of Cohen’s landmark Creativity and Aging Study that led Kelly to start Encore. Miller said Cohen would have been inspired by what had been accomplished by Jeanne and Encore – as was everyone in attendance.

Photos are presented in two parts. Photos below include the Encore Choale Concert Performance and post concert activities.  pre-concert activities and rehearsal and the Encore ROCKS performance.  CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITES AND THE ENCORE ROCKS PERFORMANCE.

"Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd." Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964), Taken Care Of ,1965