Combining voices from all around the area, the members of The Crooners get as much joy out of performing as their loyal audiences do.
The choir will offer their annual Christmas concert this Friday, December 22. The event will be held in the Sacred Heart parish center in Early beginning at 7 p.m. The musical, titled "The Glory of Christmas" is a mix of secular and sacred Christmas favorites.
"Our music this year includes tunes dancers will enjoy - from The Christmas Waltz to jitterbugging to 1950s favorites," says Ann Trimble-Ray, organizational director of the Crooners. "This will be a lively evening of Christmas cheer."
One set of songs features the timeless classics of the holidays, in a traditional setting. Another set is done in a very modern setting. The new '50s set features some of the fun songs of that era - such as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Blue Christmas," and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - their first venture outside of religious music.
The Crooners will provide snacks and refreshments for their guests. "We cook and bake as well as we sing," Ann promises.
There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken to help defray expenses.
The Crooners, a choir of singers from Early, Nemaha, Schaller, and Lytton, have been singing together for more than six years. They present concerts at Christmas and Easter each year as well as singing for other special events and at Memorial Day ceremonies in Early and Nemaha. The group's musical director is Karen Blass of Early, and there are currently 28 singers performing.
Originally, The Crooners were the product of a number of area church congregations.
"The idea was to bring folks together who like to sing. Many local churches have not quite had enough people to form a full choir, but still there are people who really enjoy singing for others," Ann said.
They started out singing as guest performers for local churches, and gained a following which led to their popular holiday concerts each year. For the past two years, the group had performed in a barn to recapture the holiday.
They also perform at several area cemeteries for Memorial Day, do shows for some area nursing homes, and schedule some private special appearances.
Anyone interested in joining, or wanting more details on The Crooners performances, may contact Ann Trimble-Ray at 712-273-5322.