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Saluda Community Choir to perform this evening

Patricia Roskens, right, leads the Saluda Community Choir when that group went caroling recently at Saluda's Hometown Christmas event.

Patricia Roskens, right, leads the Saluda Community Choir when that group went caroling recently at Saluda’s Hometown Christmas event. (Photo by Mark Schmerling)

This Thursday, Dec. 17, the Saluda Community Choir will perform a free choral concert at 7 p.m. at the Saluda Presbyterian Church. The community is invited to celebrate the holiday season at the Saluda Community Choir’s first public performance. Audience members will delight in a range of spirited and fun music, with plenty of surprises and opportunities to join in!

The Saluda Community Choir was formed in 2015 with the intention of bringing people together through the joyful power of song. It meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Matthews Church, one of Saluda’s historically black churches, recently restored by community member Betsy Burdett and featuring amazing acoustics.

“Singing doesn’t cost a dime and can bring people together like nothing else,” says Betsy.

Choir director Patricia Roskens came home to Saluda after more than 30 years as an international music educator and is passionate about music’s ability to allow the soul to be expressive. All are welcome to come and make a joyful noise together. The Saluda Community Choir is supported by donations from the community and a startup grant from the Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Grassroots Arts Program.

 

– Submitted by Mark Schmerling