Newton choir is golden

the active age

NEWTON —After the busiest holiday season in their history, members of the Golden Notes choral group have no intention of slowing down. The Golden Notes performed 11 concerts between August and the end of the year, culminating in a well-attended show at Botanica’s Illuminations display.

Then they were right back to practicing every Monday morning at Grand Central senior center.

“Until you have heard us sing, it’s hard to describe the joy and love that we put into our music,” said Bev Williams, who serves as master of ceremonies for the group.

Williams joined the group in 2012. Since then, she said, “We’ve gone from about 15 to 25 (members) and from mostly women to including men.” In addition to Newton, members come from Hesston and Hillsboro.

“Anyone who wants to come and sing, we’re more than happy to have them come join us,” Williams said. “We would love to have more men come in.”

Led by director Janet Ediger, the group performs a mix of sacred, secular and patriotic songs for audiences at senior centers and nursing homes, churches and other venues. They’ve sung for veterans returning from Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. and at the VFW here.

The choir is accompanied by a pianist and has also incorporated violins and other instruments into its performances. Members wear black slacks and white shirts, with the men sporting red ties and the women red necklaces.

One of their most popular numbers, called “Retirement,” features humorous lyrics written by a member. “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “Catch a Falling Star” are others that hit a chord with audiences.

“We bring back those kind of memories, because that’s who we are,” Williams said. “Our average age is 75 to 80. We are not kids up there performing. We are seniors who love to sing.”

To arrange a performance by the Golden Notes, contact Williams at (316)212-0628 or (316)617-3579.

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