‘As in Olden Days’ celebrates a half-century of choral music

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The Plainville choral society celebrated a half century of Plainville singing with a 50th anniversary concert last Friday at Gloria Dei Church in Bristol. For 50 years, the group has performed a range of music from classical to pop, along with Broadway and jazz standards...and even some new works by Connecticut composers. The choral society’s mission is “to provide and promote quality entertainment in the form of choral works and musical theater productions for the town of Plainville and surrounding communities.” (Photo by Janelle Morelli)
The Plainville choral society celebrated a half century of Plainville singing with a 50th anniversary concert last Friday at Gloria Dei Church in Bristol. For 50 years, the group has performed a range of music from classical to pop, along with Broadway and jazz standards…and even some new works by Connecticut composers. The choral society’s mission is “to provide and promote quality entertainment in the form of choral works and musical theater productions for the town of Plainville and surrounding communities.” (Photo by Janelle Morelli)

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

Many members of the Plainville community braved last week’s harsh New England weather and made their way to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 355 Camp St., Bristol, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Plainville Choral Society as the group performed their annual Christmas concert, entitled “As in Olden Days.”

For the past three years PCS has been under the musical direction of Greg Wilfrid, a Hart School of Music graduate and current music teacher at Louis Toffolon Elementary School.

“Everything’s been super exciting,” said Wilfrid. “This group just turns it on into performance mode when we get close to a performance—especially being in the church when all of a sudden now we’re in the costumes our concert dress and in the church where decorations are going up—it kicks it up a notch.”

During the two act performance, the group sang renditions of several holiday classics including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The concert concluded with a PCS tradition—an audience sing-a-long to “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

Joining the group for the performances—held Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14—were pianist Kelly Sharp, Chris Jasinski on percussion, and Sean Rubin on the double base. And during intermission, audience members were able to treat themselves to the PCS bake sale, where many items were homemade by society members.

The show kicked off the celebration of the Plainville Choral Society’s 50th anniversary year. On Friday, Feb. 28 the group will share “Past, Present, and Future,” which will incorporate former and current members. On Friday, May 29 the group will present the “Plainville Choral Society’s 50th Anniversary Golden Oldies Show,” where they will share music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

To learn more about the Plainville Choral Society, or for information regarding joining the group, visit their website, pcsmusic.net.

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