Yampa Valley Singers director Anna Jones leads the local choir in a rehearsal Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. The choir will present its concert, "What a Wonderful World," at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Yampa Valley Singers concerts offer an escape into 'a world of song'
Steamboat Springs On Friday, the Yampa Valley Singers choir performance will open with a request from narrator Alysa Selby.
She’ll ask the audience to step away from their everyday world and immerse themselves into a different one — a world of song.
Stepping away from work, cell phones and worries is a daunting task for some, but the first notes should put any tensions at ease.
Calming and warm like hot cider on a snowy day, the choir launches into “Try to Remember” from the musical "The Fantasticks," an opening number to a concert that blossoms into a 13-song program of harmonic holiday songs, Broadway staples and wistful folk favorites.
The concert, called “What a Wonderful World,” sails through an hour-long program of 13 songs starting at 7 p.m. Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in downtown Steamboat. Tickets are $10 and are available at All That Jazz, from choir members and at the door.
Music director and conductor Anna Jones said she and Joe Becker — a choir member who catalogs all of the choir’s music — went through their selections and chose songs that were close to their hearts.
“We’re trying to keep it a light and thankful theme, and a kind of transition into winter,” Jones said. “There’s some songs about home and some holiday songs.”
She said she hopes the audience takes away a “good feeling for the rest of the season.”
“We want people to get in the mood and just have a big heart for everyone and everything,” she said.
Jones took over the choir of more than 30 just before the holiday concert last year. She said she’s seen the group make enormous stride.
“I just really see us maturing and learning more technique so that we can really become a congruent group,” she said.
And all that learning is completely on a volunteer basis for the choir members. They began rehearsing once a week for this concert in August, but each member took home CDs of the music to memorize and internalize the sound on their own time.
“They’re here because they want to be here,” Jones said. “And it totally shows.”