Walter Jahns Singers Annual Spring Concert

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Walter Jahns Singers performed their 35th Annual Spring Concert at the Forestburg Community Hall at on Sat. April 22. ECA Review/Submitted

The Walter Jahns Singers (WJS) performed their 35th Annual Spring Concert at the Forestburg Community Hall at on April 22.
The WJS entertained to a full audience as they performed their chorale program featuring Palm Sunday Choral Selections and West Side Story- A Choral Medley.
The WJS sang several songs from the 2018 Palm Sunday Choral repertoire performed at the Choral Festival Mass Choir event held at Merna Seventh Day Adventist Church on Palm Sunday.
The mass choir is comprised of four area choirs which included the WJS.
The accompanist for the WJS, Diane Jahns is not only an accomplished pianist and the WJS main accompanist, but she also sings alto.
She joined the altos on stage to sing Shout Hallelujah To The Risen Lamb A cappella with the choir. Jean Brennan and Doug Grovet were featured with solo pieces in this song.
Director Carl Jahns joined his wife, Diane Jahns at the piano and together ‘tickled the ivories’ in a peppy number called: I Love A Piano. John Oberg was a featured soloist in this number.
Two old beloved songs: Danny Boy (Old Irish Air), and Amazing Grace were performed with guest accompanists.
Violinist, Leanne Ball played her violin for both these old favourites, and Doug Grovet played his drums during Amazing Grace.
The quartet of eight comprised of eight members of the WJS who performed several numbers.
They perform barbershop style music and are comprised of: Darrell Ball, Gary Disterheft, Doug Grovet, Bernice Des Roches, Lorna Williams, Don McMahon, Dan Pettigrew, and Carl Jahns.
The West Side Story (a choral medley) showcased: Tonight; Maria; I Feel Pretty; America; One Hand, One Heart, and Somewhere. The song Maria featured soloists: Bernice Des Roches and Gordon Milton.
Walter Jahns founded and directed the Forestburg Chorale Society some 35 years ago. This society was comprised of local and area singers who loved to perform.
After Walter’s death; the group kept his legacy of using local talent to entertain but changed their name to the Walter Jahns Singers to honour him.
The Singers have had three directors in their 35 years: Walter Jahns, Dale Trefz and Carl Jahns.
The program concluded with a presentation of flowers to Diane Jahns for her hours of preparation and diligence during practices and performances with the choir.
In keeping with tradition, the WJS officially complete their 35th season with a performance at the Galahad Care Centre for the residents and staff on the evening of April 23.

by Jamie Geddes

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