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By Dale Schwicker
Special to The PREVIEW
“Of God and Country” is the theme for the annual Pagosa Springs Community Choir Spring Concert being presented this weekend. Concerts are May 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium.
Parts of the concert will celebrate the American spirit. An inspirational selection, “I’ve Been in the Storm So Long,” was inspired in response to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. This spiritual speaks to the “storms” we all face and reminds us of the unwavering courage and strength we all need to triumph over life’s storms.
The jazz ensemble is singing a selection entitled “Dream.” Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy spoke of the American dream. Our dreams help us through the realities we face each day and give us hope. “Bring Me Sunshine” reminds us the world needs more happiness, more smiles, more laughter and more bright tomorrows. Thomas Jefferson was heartened by the fact that the greater part of life is sunshine.
The second half of the concert salutes our military service men and women. Flags representing each branch of our military will be presented by members of the America Legion Post 108.
An ensemble of musicians from the Pagosa Springs Community Band joins the choir for several patriotic selections. A special arrangement of “America, the Beautiful” will touch your heart and bring you to your feet. Join the choir for this inspirational concert that leads us to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
All concerts are free and open to the public. However, the choir always welcomes donations to help support their music scholarships and the music programs in our public schools.