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Imperial Glee, American Heritage Youth Chorus perform May 17

May 8th, 2012 Posted in Arts and Life

LOGAN — The next concert at the Logan Tabernacle will be a combined performance by the Imperial Glee Club and the American Heritage Youth Chorus, May 17 at 7 p.m. The “Sing for Spring” is free and open to the public.

The Imperial Glee Club of Logan, directed by Warren Barton, is one of the oldest independent and continuously performing male choruses in the western United States. Founded in 1916 by a small group of male singers in the Logan Sixth LDS Ward, the group has grown and maintained a membership of 20-30 men from communities throughout Cache Valley.

The American Heritage Youth Chorus is an LDS-oriented choral organization for children and youth ages 8-18, sponsored by the American Heritage School in American Fork. Enrollment in the group is open to all children and youth regardless of school affiliation, drawing membership from across Utah and Salt Lake counties.

The chorus toured southern Utah in 2010 and northern California in 2011. This year’s tour takes the group to northern Utah and southern Idaho. The choir has performed alongside such well-known artists as Alex Boye, Michael Ballam, Steven and Janice Kapp Perry, Roger and Melanie Hoffman, Lex de Azevedo, Dallyn Bayles and others. In 2009, members of the choir were selected to participate with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their annual Christmas Concert featuring Natalie Cole and David McCullough.

Rob Swenson directs the youth chorus. A composer and arranger, his music has been performed by groups around the state, including numerous LDS institute choirs. He holds degrees in music education from Brigham Young University.

With a goal to foster and preserve four-part male vocal music, the Imperial Glee Club annually performs at 20-30 venues throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho. In the springtime and during the Christmas season, the group performs public concerts in Logan. The group also performs for civic programs, patriotic gatherings, religious services, organizational parties and funerals. Because it is a service organization, its members accept as many invitations to serve as is possible. It is a non-profit, self-supporting organization and with very few exceptions, it performs without payment. The glee club has always been willing to participate in benefit concerts with all proceeds going to the sponsoring organization.

The Logan Tabernacle is located at 50 N. Main, Logan, Utah. The Logan Tabernacle Concert and Lecture Series is a service of Cache Community Connections.

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