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Parkchester Chorus moves to First Presbyterian

The Parkchester Chorus, the oldest ecumenical chorus in the Bronx, has moved to the First Presbyterian Church at Throggs Neck on East Tremont Avenue, accessed from Dudley Avenue.

Under the experienced and talented direction of Lorraine C. Nanko, the spring program is planned as a salute to optimism and positive attitudes, including a tribute to songs of the 1930’s and a celebration of Mendelssohn’s 200th anniversary. The concert is meant to identify both the spirit of the season and the spirit of the Parkchester Chorus. A not-for-profit organization, the chorus charges dues of $30 per individual, for each season.

Faced with a proposed 300% rent increase at its previous home, the chorus had no choice but to seek a new location in which to rehearse. The door opened to them at First Presbyterian Church at Throggs Neck, and they gladly accepted their hospitality.

The Parkchester Chorus provides the opportunity for learning and performing beautiful choral music and giving back to the community through community outreach concerts. The members of the Parkchester Chorus are not professional musicians. Rather, they are everyday people; your friends and neighbors.

In the past, the chorus has been invited to perform beautiful and memorable concerts in combination with other noted choruses such as the Riverdale Choral Society and the Columbus High School Alumni Chorus, as well as the Bronx Concert Orchestra.

On the third Sunday in May, the chorus performs its annual spring concert, and on the second Sunday in December, a free concert is offered in celebration of the December holiday season.

“Mozart and Friends” was a theme celebrated in the spring of 2006 while another year, selections by Gilbert and Sullivan were highlighted.

They rehearse Mondays starting January 12, at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Throggs Neck. Their website address is http://www.parkchesterchorus.org .

For further information call (718) 320-2790 and leave a message.

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