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Lake Country Chorus delivers 20 years of timeless tunes

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    Chorus members don masks for a selection of music from “CATS” in a Broadway show. CONTRIBUTED
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    Jude Martincic, Frank Cassara, Donna Valvo and Joe Martincic represent four of the genres of music performed by the Chorus over the years. CONTRIBUTED
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    Boot Scootin’ Boogie dancers have the right get up and go at a “Barn Dance” show. CONTRIBUTED

Highlighting their best work over two decades, Lake Country Chorus is showing “Twenty Years of Timeless Tunes” at The Plaza Arts Center on Saturday, March 14.

Twenty years ago, a group of Reynolds residents who enjoy singing had the idea to form a group, and from that group, the Reynolds Chorus was born.

Jude Martincic, Linda Disosway and Jean Merritt spread the word and on Nov. 16, 2000 the first rehearsal was held with 21 participants. At that time, the group was called the Plantation Singers, directed by Jean Merritt.

The first performances were singing Christmas carols at the two Reynolds clubhouses during happy hour and love songs in the same venues on Valentine’s Day. Later that spring, The Reynolds Chorus began singing at the Easter Sunrise Service at the Plantation Pointe Pavilion.

On 9/11, who would have guessed that what was planned as entertainment for the opening of the Oconee Clubhouse would turn into a performance of patriotic songs which brought together the Reynolds Plantation community to grieve the events of the day?

Over the years, the Chorus has performed more than 100 times, including the opening of the Lake Club and grand opening of Publix as well as meetings, funerals, nursing homes – basically anywhere that wanted them to sing.

Under the direction of Donna Valvo and accompanied by keyboardist Amy Reber, bass guitarist Tom Shalin, and a variety of studio musicians, the Chorus gives a Christmas concert every December and another “musicale” during the year. Styles range from country to Broadway, ballads to bebop, 50’s to rock and roll and everything in between. The Chorus is delighted to include talented students (who help keep them current) from local schools and dance companies when possible. The evolution continues today.

In 2019, the group rebranded as The Lake Country Chorus. It is now a non-profit 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization with membership hovering around 50 voices.

“We have always paid our professional director and musicians, venue rental and purchased music out of ticket sales,” said Andrea Wuori. “As singers, nothing pleases us more than to finish a concert and be greeted with ‘best concert ever!’ and ‘wow – what a great selection of music!’ and ‘when is the next concert?’”

Tickets are $20 and available from any Chorus member or at Bank South – Lake Oconee. Everyone is encouraged to support the organization with a donation in exchange for recognition of you and/or your business in the printed program.

“We are very proud of our success, especially in light of the changing times and increasing competition for your attention,” said Wuori. “If you like to sing, please consider joining us!”

For information, contact Jude Martincic at 706-473-1611 or judemartincic@gmail.com.