Masterworks Chorus presents Mother’s Day concert Saturday

Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley will present its annual spring concert in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday.

The Rev. Karen Van Stee, a choir member, said Mother’s Day is a great time to bring together families and celebrate their love for mom through song.

“We like to explore different genres and appeal to a wide variety of people,” Stee said. “And offer a great time for those involved and those who wish attend.”

This year’s theme, chosen by Artistic Director Scott Zane Smith and titled “I Choose Love” by Mark Miller – with text by Lindy Thompson – was composed in honor of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2005.

“Now more than ever we need to focus on love, peace and kindness” Stee said. “Our title for this year’s theme is very meaningful because as you know a lot is going on in the country. Through song, we hope to shed some light and spread positivity.”

Masterworks Chorus is made up of over 30 people who love music. From classical to folk to popular songs, with a wide-ranging repertoire, Stee said they sing it all.

“We’re a community chorus, comprised of volunteers from Harrisonburg to Strasburg, and beyond who simply love to sing and share it with the community.”

Stee added: “Our mission is to promote choral music and other artistic endeavors in the Shenandoah Valley through performance, education, community involvement and cooperation with other area musicians and artists.”

Now more than ever, Stee said, we need to focus on the arts and preserve what we have to offer.

Masterworks Chorus performs two main concerts throughout the year, one in the fall, which focuses on seasonal music, and one in the spring that offers a more diverse theme.

“It really is a great time for us,” Stee said. “We love what we do and are honored to share it for Mother’s Day.”

Saturday’s performance is at Emanuel Lutheran Church. 127 E. High St., in Woodstock. The program begins at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s performance is at Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N. Congress St., in New Market at 3 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 to 18, and free for youth 11 and under

For more information: http://www.masterworkschorus.net/