BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS), directed by Edwin Lawrence, has opened a call for singers for its fall performances in late November. Rehearsals begin Monday evening, Sept. 9, at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join.

The choral society’s fall program, "Raise the Song," features music for the cycle of autumn holidays from Labor Day, the unofficial "end of summer," to the winter solstice. Concert performances on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, feature music for Rosh Hashannah by Louis Lewandowski; by Spanish composers of the 15th century for Columbus Day; and "Blow Ye the Trumpet," from Kirke Mecham’s opera "John Brown"; and a lovely recent setting of the familiar Thanksgiving text "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come," by Jason McCoy.

The BCCS is joined by the Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS) Chamber Singers, directed by Lynn Sweet, in a collaboration for Veterans Day and in an anticipation of the winter holiday season. The combined group sings a group of familiar carols humorously arranged with mismatched words and music including pieces for men’s and women’s choruses, and for a select small group.

About the Bennington County Choral Society

The Bennington County Choral Society is a mixed adult chorus of voices is drawn from southern Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts communities. It aims to foster an environment in which chorus members coalesce as a group and develop as an ensemble, with the goal of growing musically through weekly rehearsals and performances that are a source of pride and pleasure.


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The chorus, which performs three concerts each year, is open to ages 15 and older and all singing/reading abilities.

Any interested singer can join the first rehearsal on Sept. 9, and should arrive at 6:45 p.m., to allow time to register and sign out music, and to greet friends old and new. Regular weekly rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.; a modest membership fee of $30 is requested. The Second Congregational Church, located at 115 Hillside St. in Bennington, is a fully handicapped-accessible space. For more information about the BCCS and its concerts, visit bccsmusic.wordpress.com.