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Souhegan Valley Chorus presents do-wop’ing 1950s concert Saturday

MILFORD – At 7 p.m. Saturday, “Do the Stroll” on down to the First Congregational Church, off the Oval, for a trip back in time. The Souhegan Valley Chorus is hosting a 1950s-themed concert and dinner for their annual fundraiser.

The chorus, now in its 35th year, has 50-70 members, said SVC publicity chair Tina Summers. ...

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MILFORD – At 7 p.m. Saturday, “Do the Stroll” on down to the First Congregational Church, off the Oval, for a trip back in time. The Souhegan Valley Chorus is hosting a 1950s-themed concert and dinner for their annual fundraiser.

The chorus, now in its 35th year, has 50-70 members, said SVC publicity chair Tina Summers.

“Last spring, we did a 1940s cabaret-style fundraiser. It was so well-received, we thought we’d make it an annual event, with different themes,” she said.

SVC, with members from many surrounding towns, performs two concerts a year, plus this fundraising showcase, Summers said.

“We do a holiday show in December, and this past spring, we did a Broadway concert at the Amato Center,” she said. They also performed at the Milford Memorial Day celebration, on Labor Day, and the 4th of July.

The chorus also includes several a cappella groups within its ranks.

“Our quartet, Perfect Fourth, performed in the recent Actorsingers production of ‘The Music Man,’” Summers said.

Saturday evening’s two-hour performance will feature 1950’s doo-wop music sung by chorus members sporting clothing of the era, Summers said. “The ladies will be wearing poodle skirts or pencil skirts, and the gentlemen will wear jeans and leather jackets,” she said.

Solos, duets, quartets and the full chorus will present popular songs of the first rock ’n’ roll decade, including “Mr. Sandman,” “Get a Job,” “Sh’boom,” “Come Go With Me,” “Lollipop,” and “Why do fools fall in love.”

“They’re all familiar tunes people will be singing along to,” Summer said. “There may even be space to do some dancing!”

Rounding out the theme, classic cars from the Granite State Auto Club will be on display, weather-permitting.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a light, picnic-esque supper, served up by the SVC members.

“It will be something simple, like hot dogs and potato salad,” said Summers. As a bonus, she noted that Hayward’s Ice Cream donated the frosty dessert treats for the event.

“Our singers have really jumped at the chance to perform some classic 1950s tunes,” said SVC director Jennifer K. Erdody. “We have some terrific solo performers – stage veterans Veto Narkunas and Conrad Koch for instance – and the evening promises to be a fun throwback to the age of innocence, fun, and laughter.”

Tickets are $20 and are only available in advance – seating is limited – at The Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, or from chorus members. Raffle tickets will be available from chorus members, for a chance to win a Danbury Mint model 1953 Eldorado with display case.

For more information, visit www.souhegan
valleychorus.org and www.facebook.com/souheganvalleychorus.

Kathleen Palmer can be reached at 594-6403 or kpalmer@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow her on Twitter (@Telegraph_KathP or
@NHFoodandFun).