CHAUTAUQUA – Encore Creativity for Older Adults will sponsor free community concerts during its week-long Choral Institute during the week of Aug. 25. Encore is the nation’s largest choral singing program for adults age 55 and over, and this is the seventh year the Choral Institute has been offered at Chautauqua Institution. All performances will be held in Lenna Hall on the Chautauqua grounds.
On Monday, Aug. 25, Sammy Huh, tenor, will perform an operatic recital at 7:30 p.m. Huh has been a studio artist with the Chautauqua Opera Company this summer and is currently a master’s degree student of opera performance at the Maryland Opera Studio. He has a bachelor of music in vocal performance from The Juilliard School, and has performed at the Aspen Opera Theatre Center and the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., Encore will present tenor Jeffrey Dokken performing “Broadway’s Best” – a selection of show tunes from the 1940s all the way to the present. Dokken is a co-conductor for the Choral Institute and conducts three Encore Chorales in the Washington, D.C. area. He is also the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and the Symphony Chorale. He has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Redlands, and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Shenandoah Conservatory.
A grand finale concert will be presented on Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. as the culminating event of the Choral Institute. More than 60 participants in the Choral Institute will perform a finale concert that will include pieces from a variety of musical genres, from classical to spirituals to Broadway favorites. Among the pieces performed will be “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Vocal Prelude in C Major” by Bach, an inspiring “Battle of Jericho,” and a beautiful medley from “Showboat.”