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Sweet Music: The Sierra Vista Community Chorus to present revue with a side of dessert

SIERRA VISTA — The Sierra Vista Community Chorus’ annual sugar-coated show returns to town next Friday, giving ticket holders the chance to pile a plate with homemade desserts before sitting down to enjoy a lively revue. This year’s theme, “Imagine!”, will be brought to life through renditions of classics including “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “As Time Goes By,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” from the chorus’ soloists and ensembles.

A fundraiser for local charity Real Wishes Foundation will also offer the audience an opportunity to win prizes, said publicity chairwoman Linda Gilbert.

“We turn (the Ethel Berger Center) into a little dessert cafe, all of our members bake beautiful desserts and donate them to the cause,” she said.

The chorus first came up with the idea for the sweets-laden show around 15 years ago, she said.

“We had this big empty space between the Christmas show and spring concert, and (Director Sharon Keene) realized that our ensembles and soloists weren’t getting a whole lot of opportunities, so this was a way to get a nice little, family-style venue,” she said.

Offering up homemade goodies seemed like a great way to bring in more attendees, she said.

“This show is so popular that it can sell out, so people who know us try to get the tickets as soon as they can,” she said.

“All the chorus participates by baking and serving,” added Martha Conklin, the chorus general manager. “The desserts are awesome.”

The Community Chorus, which has been singing in Sierra Vista for over two decades, holds four shows a year, and has raised as much as $3,000 for charitable causes in the past, said Gilbert. The performance at the Ethel Berger Center is extra fun because it gives the singers a chance to get closer to their audience, said chorus director Sharon Keene.

“The venue that puts us 10 feet from the audience, and that’s special, because when we’re on the stage at Buena, we’re far away,” she said. “It’s a very intimate setting.”

The set-up for this show is slightly different than in years prior, said Keene, with the opening show being held on Friday night so the chorus won’t have to perform two shows on Saturday.

“It’s the best deal in town,” said Keene. “Three desserts and an hour and a half of a music revue for 10$.”

If you miss the show next week, the Community Chorus’s following performance, “A Salute to the Beatles,” will be held on May 11 at the Buena Performing Arts Center.

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