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The Livonia Civic Chorus in Concert:
"Celebrate Freedom"

May 15, 2016

Music Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanists: Rimma Stolbov, Trenda Baldridge, The RERUNZ
Photographers: Mark Windecker, Katelynn Gaskill

An Exhibit of 27 LCC members with pictures of family who served in the military. 7 are LCC Members.

The stage is set with our picket fences and "old oak tree" to "Celebrate Freedom," the Spring Show of the Livonia Civic Chorus sharing the music of home and freedom. Thanks to Steve Akey, Show Coordinator.

Highland dancer April Thomas joined the Chorus to open the concert with "Touch the Sky" from the Disney movie BRAVE.
Pam Meyer (left), Geri Leiter, and Zachary Meyer were soloists for "Home" from the musical THE WIZ.
Natalie Spence was our guest ballerina for "Over the Rainbow"
There was an ensemble as part of "Let There Be Peace on Earth" including (from the left) Dianne Schlaepfer, Maureen Wilkie, Tiffany Taylor, Kim Alderman, Michelle Reska, and Kathleen Chichester-Akey.
The second half of the concert opened with "Seize the Day" from NEWSIES with Chorus dancers (from left) Michelle Reska, Jennifer Perry, and Cynthia Windecker.
Tenor Mark Gleason prepares to solo on "Make Them Hear You" from the musical RAGTIME.
The Women of the Chorus sang "Prayer of the Children" with signing by Chorus member Pat Dierks who has been an LCC member for 33 years.
The 20 Men of the Chorus sang "Mansions of the Lord" while the Churchill High School Air Force ROTC Color Guard (left) and the VFW Post 345 Color Guard joined them on stage.
Several other Men of the Chorus had solos during the concert including Alan Vlad, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," Jim Komiensky, "Wheels of a Dream" from RAGTIME, and Mark Gaskill, "God Bless the U.S.A."
The 70 members of the Livonia Civic Chorus, with Music Director Donna Gleason, sing "God Bless the USA"

The Livonia Civic Chorus in Concert:
"It's Christmas Time, fa, la, la"

December 20, 2015

Music Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanists: Rimma Stolbov, Trenda Baldridge, The RERUNZ
Photographers: Mark Windecker, Katelynn Gaskill

The Clarenceville High School stage is set and the musicians in the pit have finished rehearsing. It's time to begin: "It's Christmas Time, fa, la, la" with the Livonia Civic Chorus.

Our wonderful Stage Manager, Cheryl Tacy, has taped our concert music playlist on the floor so we know "what's next"! And Ken Heim and Joann Blair are very festive in their holiday costumes.

The Chorus' sopranos above and the altos below are all decked out in their holiday vests.

The Men of the Chorus are wearing their brightly colored holiday ties and are all in good voice.
Eleanor Smith is ready for her special triangle solo in "Deck the Hall with Haydn"
Chorus Member Cynthia Windecker dances to "My True Love Gave to Me."
Guest Ballerina Grace Wahn dances to "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy."
After several numbers, the Chorus was ready to sing: Please Don't Sing Another "Fa La La"!
Alan Vlad and Kim Alderman sang the popular Irving Berlin song "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"
Chorus Members become instrumentalists for "The Midnight Clear." On the left are handbell ringers Kathleen Chichester-Akey (from left to right), Julie Ozar, Pam Meyer, and Janet Stechholz. Flutists Kristi Shonts and Donna Seadeek follow Donna Gleason, Music Director.
Soloists Pam Meyer and Zachary Meyer and the Chorus are joined by members of the Livonia Youth Choir and students from Emerson Middle School for the final number: "Born is the King (It's Christmas)."

The Livonia Civic Chorus in Concert:
"50 Fabulous Years"

May 17, 2015

Music Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanists: Rimma Stolbov, Trenda Baldridge, The RERUNZ
Photographers: Mark Windecker, Katelynn Gaskill

The stage is set and the final rehearsal with alumni members of the Chorus has occurred.

Guest Announcer R. William Joyner prepares to open the concert with Chorus President Peggy Gaskill.
We used video clips from old shows during the 50 years. This one is Bill Sivyer and Shirley Bartosh singing the "Indian Love Call" from a show in 1988.
The Men of the Chorus sing "There is Nothing Like a Dame" from South Pacific.
Music Director Donna Gleason readies all of the musicians including The RERUNZ in the pit of the auditorium.
Dianne Schlaepfer, Eleanor Smith, and Darlene Northup (from left to right) and the Women of the Chorus sing "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair", also from South Pacific.
As the Chorus sings about a trip on "Route 66", Chorus member Alex Bogue is our prop man to pull our '57 Chevy across the stage.
"The Mosquitos" has been on ongoing skit of men reprising this song over our 50 years. Kurt Meyer, Jim Hovey, and Zachary Meyer are three of the four (Steve Akey not pictured) the Mosquitos for 2015. Phil Meyer, one of the original Mosquitos was the father of Kurt and grandfather of Zachary in the original years.
Now we're on to "Mamma Mia" with our own "Dancing Queens": Kathleen Chichester-Akey (left), Laura Williams (center), and Janet Watson (right).
As we return from Intermission, it's Chorus Alumni Time. Chorus President Peggy Gaskill introduces our original Director, Robert Slusarksi.
Long-time Chorus member Geri Leiter is the soloist for "Circle of Life."
More than 25 former Chorus members joined the Livonia Civic Chorus to sing, "Music, You Are a Friend to Me". Over the years, more than 600 individuals have been members of this Chorus.
Now it's time to honor our two Charter members: Dominick Cracchiolo and Hank Kanar. After some video clips from the past of Dom and Hank, Pat Dierks (left) presents Dom with a purple sash, and Kim Alderman (right) presents a sash to Hank. Kim and Pat are the women of the Chorus with the most seniority.
The Chorus sings a rousing version of "Sing, Sing, Sing" while Michelle Reska and Steve Akey, and Hank Kanar and Cynthia Windecker show us some moves!!
"New York, New York" brings out our high-kicking Chorus dancers: Diane Gonzalez (left to right), Jennifer Perry, and Cynthia Windecker. We may lose them to the Rockettes!!
We're all "HAPPY" for our final anniversary concert selection. Thanks to Eileen Boseak, Sharon Krol, Kathleen Chichester-Akey, and Melinda Thornton for being our dancers out front for this celebration.

The Livonia Civic Chorus in Concert:
"Extraordinary Merry Christmas"

December 15, 2014

Music Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanist: Rimma Stolbov
Assistant Conductor/Keyboard: Kimberly Swan
Photographers: Mark Windecker, Todd Fleming, Katelynn Gaskill

The concert opens with the Chorus and soloists (from left to right) Arlen Carpenter, Kim Alderman, Diane Gonzalez, and Tiffany Taylor singing "Extraordinary Merry Christmas".

Stacey Dogonski is the soloist for popular "Let It Go" from the movie FROZEN. Cynthia Windecker and Jennifer Perry are the dancers.
Steve Akey and Kathleen Chichester-Akey are the narrators for this concert.
The Frozen Sisters, Elsa and Anna, make an appearance to sing "Do You Want to Builld a Snowman?"
"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" includes Chorus member Linda Ross-Gibson, her granddaughter, Jenna Ross, and, of course, Santa Claus (Ken Heim).
While Chorus member sing "Zat You Santa Claus?" the Akey/Hatfield Dance Team performs…that's (from left to right) Kathleen Chichester-Akey, Steve Akey, Larry Hatfield, and Elizabeth Hatfield.
Associate Conductor Kimberly Swan leads this Chorus Ensemble in an acapella version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The Ensemble includes Kim Alderman, Steve Akey, Jessica Borieo, Arlen Carpenter, Kathleen Chichester, Linda Ross-Gibson, Mark Gleason, Steve Hamilton, Jim Komiensky, Sharon Krol, Zachary Meyer, Carol Selleck, Jeanine Stiles, Melinda Thornton, Carol Verkennis, Jim Wallace.
Chorus Charter Members Hank Kanar (left) and Dominic Cracchiolo (right) are recognized as the Chorus celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
 
Another Chorus Ensemble raise their voices during "Ave Maria" sung by the Chorus. They include (from left to right) Carol Verkennis, Kathleen Chichester-Akey, Jim Hovey, Zachary Meyer, Maureen Wilkie, and Eileen Boseak.
The Altos and Men of the Chorus sing out during Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."
The Men of the Chorus sing "Glory to God in the Highest" with Scott Treppa as soloist and directed by Kimberly Swan.
 
The Chorus Scholarship Committee Chair, Sharon Krol, joins president Peggy Gaskill in presenting a scholarship to Madonna University student, Aaron Von Allmen.
Livonia Civic Chorus Music Director Donna Gleason thanks the audience for attending "Extraordinary Merry Christmas."
Soloist Marilyn Maxwell sings "Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child" with her back-up singers: Kurt Meyer, Cynthia Windecker, Melinda Thornton, Darlene Northup, and Pamela Meyer (from left to right).
 
Thanks to our Accompanist Rimma Stolbov (at left) and Assistant Conductor/Keyboard Kimberly Swan.
 

Livonia Civic Chorus Inducted in 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame

October, 2014

The Livonia Civic Chorus was inducted into the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 as a Livonia Ambassador. We were very pleased to be recognized in such an auspicious group in our community.
Livonia Civic Chorus President Peggy Gaskill joins Bill Joyner, Founder of the 1835 Livonia Hall of Fame to thank everyone for this recognition during the 50th Anniversary year of the Chorus.
Chorus President Peggy Gaskill accepts many proclamations related to the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame induction from (left to right) Bill Joyner, Founder of the Hall of Fame, State Representative Laura Cox, and Michigan State Senator Glenn Anderson.
After the Induction Ceremonies, Livonia Civic Chorus Music Director Donna Gleason directed some musical numbers sung by the members of the Chorus.

The Livonia Civic Chorus in Concert:
"Touch the Sky"

May 4, 2014

Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanist: Rimma Stolbov
Photographer: Mark Windecker

The Chorus performs "Singin' in the Rain" with dancers Judith Wright, Jennifer Perry, and Cynthia Windecker (left to right) and their brightly colored umbrellas.

Chorus members Jessica Borieo , Deb Bonde, Sue Cassady, and Jim Komiensky hide in the audience waiting for the opening number to begin.
The show begins with Chorus members on stage and coming from the audience for "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
We have our own two hippies for "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In," Eleanor Smith and Janet Watson.
Chorus members Steve and Kathleen Akey dance to "Blue Moon."
Chorus members Laura Williams and Hank Kanar dance to "Blue Moon."
Arlen Carpenter and Robin Deidrich were the soloists for "Soon It's Gonna Rain."
Judith Wright leads the Women of the Chorus in song and dance to "It's Raining Men."
Ghost Riders in the Sky" is the number where we were able to highlight the Men of the Chorus.
Chorus member Jim Wallace added his guitar to several of the numbers.
Chorus member Pat Diercks "signed" our final number, "What a Wonderful World."

"A Musical Interlude for Seniors"… A Community Outreach Program

January and February, 2014

Music Director and Accompanist: Donna Gleason
Photos by Katelynn Gaskill

The Livonia Civic Chorus has just completed a tour featuring eight (8) mini-concerts for the residents of various senior care facilities throughout Livonia as part of its Outreach Activities, opportunities to share their love of singing with groups throughout the Livonia community. The program, called "A Musical Interlude for Seniors" featured familiar music such as "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Sentimental Journey," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Blue Skies," "Somewhere Out There," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Embraceable You," "You Raise Me Up," and "What a Wonderful World."

About half of the Chorus' 55 members volunteered for the various "Interlude…" mini-concerts scheduled for daytimes and evenings. These volunteers, along with Music Director Donna Gleason, have performed at Oakmont Livonia, Autumnwood Livonia, Villla at SantaMarie, Woodhaven Retirement, Heartland Livonia, Wellspring Lutheran, Manoogian Manor, and American House over the last six weeks.

According to Music Director Donna Gleason, "We started out thinking that we would brighten the lives of the residents through our singing, but, instead we found that our lives were enriched by the delightful people we met. And, we have promised to return!"

Music Director Donna Gleason introduces a musical selection.
Soprano Carol Verkennis sings a solo
Chorus member Tiffany Taylor uses her fingers to read her Braille copy of the song lyrics.
Yes, the Livonia Civic Chorus does have fun singing!
Jim Hovey accompanies the Chorus and seniors during "Amazing Grace"
Suzanne Cassady solos during the final number, "What a Wonderful World."
Donna ends the mini-concert and promises that "We will be back!"
    
Suzanne Cassady and Mark Gleason, Peggy Gaskill, Tiffany Taylor and Joann Jenkins interact with various senior residents after the mini-concert.

The Livonia Civic Chorus in concert during "Wonderful Christmastime!"

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanist: Rimma Stolbov
Photos by Mark Windecker

The Chorus does some last minute rehearsing all ready for the concert in their Christmas finery.
"Wonderful Christmastime" was a choral selection of secular music for the first half of the program and sacred music for the second half.
Music Director Donna Gleason conducts the final pre-concert rehearsal after 3-1/2 months of weekly rehearsals.
Check the jazzy holiday ties worn by the Men of the Chorus!
Even the Grinch is sitting among the stage decorations of poinsettias and brightly lit Christmas tree.
Chorus President Peggy Gaskill welcomes the audience to the concert and "Candy Cane Lane"!
Chorus choreographer Jennifer Perry prepares for dancing to "Candy Cane Lane."
A Chorus Ensemble sings Mozart's "Fa La La."
Jim Komiensky and Arlen Carpenter sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" in another Chorus Ensemble.
Sisters Maryanne Mitchell and Kathleen Chichester team up as soloists for "Christmas Day."
The Chorus begins the sacred portion of the program in new costumes and the challenging selection "Sanctus."
A beautiful setting for sharing holiday music with our family, friends, and community…"Wonderful Christmastime" with the Livonia Civic Chorus.
Jim Hovey and Tiffany Taylor are soloist for one of the final selections of the concert, "I Know Now."

Spring Concert is "Thoroughly Modern Broadway"

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanist: Rimma Stolbov
Photos by Todd Fleming and Mark Windecker

Chorus production of music from "Les Miserables" with soloists Eileen Boseak and Sharon Krol (at left) ends the first half of the concert in grand style. Seventeen (17) modern Broadway musical were featured in this show, thus the title: "Thoroughly Modern Broadway."
The concert begins with a salute to the princesses of "Shrek" with guest soloist Corinne Marsh, at left, Chorus member Alison Riger on the right and Chorus member Suzanne Cassady in the middle.
Maria Alderman is one of several soloists for Seasons of Love from "Rent".
Jennifer Perry, Kathleen Akey, and Laura Williams (left to right) dance to "Mamma Mia's" Take a Chance on Me.
The "Wicked" witches appear to sing For Good thanks to soloists Carol Verkennis (left) and Suzanne Cassady (right).
And also from "Wicked" Cynthia Windecker (left) sings Popular with Darlene Northup as the future Wicked Witch of the West.
Guest Devin Richey dances to Electricity while the Chorus sings this number from "Billy Elliot"
Melinda Thornton sings Someone Like You from "Jekyll and Hyde"
Scott Treppa is Adolpho from "Drowsy Chaperone" as Laura Williams tries to charm him.
The Men of the Chorus are the Sharks and Jets of "West Side Story" fame.
Geri Leiter and Mark Gleason sing "The Song that Goes Like This" from "Spamalot"

The Livonia Civic Chorus and their guests, the Livonia Youth Choir, in concert during "Sparkle...Twinkle...Joy!"


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Director: Donna Gleason
Accompanist: Rimma Stolbov
Photos by Todd Fleming, Dick Gaskill and Mark Windecker

Chorus elves, (from left to right) Jennifer Perry, Eleanor Smith, and Laura Williams, helped us begin the concert with "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" from the musical "Elf".
Soloist Maria Alderman added new meaning to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You."
"Grandma's Killer Fruitcake" included our own Chorus Grandma, Darlene Northup.
The Chorus and soloist Tiffany Taylor sing "Grown-up Christmas List."
   
The Men of the Chorus sing a rousing version of "Glory to God in the Highest." (from left to right) Mark Gleason, Lewis Horn, Jim Hovey, Andrew Stechholz, Scott Treppa, Hank Kanar, Dominic Lucca, Gene Scott, Zip Camacho, Arlen Carpenter, Steve Akey, and Jim Komiensky.
   
The Sopranos on the left, the Men in the middle, and the Altos on the right… The Livonia Civic Chorus, Donna Gleason, Music Director.
Jim Hovey, Linda Ross-Gibson, and the Chorus wish the audience an "Extraordinary Merry Christmas."
Chorus President Peggy Gaskill and Music Director Donna Gleason acknowledge the audience applause at the end of the concert.
Donna Gleason, Music Director, conducts one last run-through of "Candles in the Night" with Rimma Stolbov, Chorus Accompanist, and guest artist, Arthur Feldman, clarinet.
The Livonia Youth Choir, under the direction of Ariel Toews, performed several selections on their own and joined the Livonia Civic Chorus for other musical selections in the concert.
Sharon Krol, Chair of the Chorus Scholarship Committee, presented a tuition scholarship to Olivia Wilson, a member of LYC's Bella Voce Choir.

Community Outreach Performances - December 2012

Some of the Livonia Civic Chorus singing "Gloria" by Vivaldi with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra during their Holiday Concert in December, 2012.
Our new Community Outreach Portfolios with Christmas music (funded by a grant from the Livonia Community Foundation) were used to sing several Christmas carols with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra during their December 2012 Holiday Concert.
   
Under the clock tower at historic Greenfield Village, a small group of LCC members sang Christmas carols for the Holiday Nights audiences on three evenings during the Holidays.
Welcome to the Greenmead Historical Village in Livonia. The Livonia Civic Chorus performs a FREE concert in its Methodist Church of some of the music in their upcoming Winter Concert, "Sparkle..Twinkle...Joy!"