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Coast to coast with the Evergreen Chorale

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By Sara Miller

“From California, to the New York Island/From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters/This land was made for you and me.” The Evergreen Chorale is embracing Woody Guthrie’s sentiments in “This Land is Your Land” in the upcoming concerts “Take Me Home, Songs from Across America.”

The Chorale will travel coast to coast through song, highlighting the diversity of love for our great country.

“This concert has something for everyone,” says Laurie Romberg, publicity coordinator for the Evergreen Chorale. “The program is filled with American standards and favorites, and will take the audience on a trip across Route 66.”

As Woody Guthrie and many others proved, song is one of the greatest traditions of our country — an aural history of where we’ve been and where we’re hoping to go. Old favorites such as “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”, “Dixie,” “Colorado Trail,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” provide a glimpse into the history of our nation’s growth.

The Chorale will also take the audience to the big cities that have played such a part in putting the United States on the map. “Big City Sounds” is a medley with recognizable hits like “New York, New York,” “Chicago,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

The concert will also feature the Chorale’s annual scholarship winner. The goal of the Chorale’s scholarship is to help graduating high school seniors further their education in music or musical theater. The purpose is to provide resources to support educational opportunities of an outstanding choral, instrumental music or musical theater student.

This year’s scholarship winner is Jacob Bellatti of Evergreen. Bellatti is a piano student at the Denver School of the Arts and will be majoring in Music at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music next year. Bellatti submitted a written application and participated in a live audition in order to be selected as this year’s winner.

In addition to Bellatti’s solo, “Take Me Home” features solo spotlights of various Chorale members.

“We’re doing a piece from the musical ‘Oklahoma,’ ” says Romberg. “Different Chorale members will take the parts of Curly, Laurie and Aunt Eller. It really feels like you’re in the middle of a production of ‘Oklahoma.’ Then, in ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ Janice O’Grady takes on solo parts. The song is accompanied by banjos, guitars and harmonicas. The instruments and the harmonies in that piece are beautiful.”

In conjunction with the concert, the Chorale members and the board of directors will host a complimentary champagne-and-dessert reception on opening night. All audience members are welcome to attend after the show on Friday, May 14.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.

“Take Me Home: Songs from Across America”

Presented by the Evergreen Chorale May 14-16

Friday and Saturday shows, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows, 2 p.m. at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive

Tickets: adults, $19; seniors (65-plus) and students, $17; children (11 and under), $10.

To purchase tickets, call 303-674-4002 or visit www.evergreenchorale.org.