In a move fitting of “Groundhog Day” the movie, the Woodstock Community Choir has once again been scheduled to perform as part of the Groundhog Days festivities. The choir will take the stage at the Opera House at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.
The concert, entitled Journeys, will include songs exploring life’s joys, challenges, hopes and dreams. Special guests include the popular local folk duo, Small Potatoes, featuring Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning, and members of the Ukulele Superhero Club.
“The songs are more contemporary,” said choir member Jill Pixley. “We do an outstanding Billy Joel song.”
Pixley has been a member of the choir since its formation about two years ago.
“I was looking for a choir as a stress reliever,” she said, and she found that and a group of women with whom she has bonded.
Choir founder and director Cassandra Vohs-Demann is excited about this year’s concert. She said the choir attracted a crowd of about 300 last year, and she is looking for a similar turnout this year. The concert is free due to a grant from Friends of the Opera House. Donations are welcome.
This will be the Ukulele Superhero Club’s first performance on the Opera House stage. Vohs-Demann leads the group comprised of 12 women with ukuleles. She learned to play when her husband bought her one as a gift, and she’s joined up with several others who are aficionados of the trendy instrument.
“Part of the philosophy of the choir,” she said, “is to give musicians a chance to play on [the Opera House] stage.”
The Woodstock Community Choir is open to anyone, including men, although it’s currently an all-female choir. The group obtained 501 (c) (3) status last summer and is now run by a board. During the concert, the choir will be launching its 2017 sponsor program called “Help us Grow.” Currently member-fee driven, a goal is to move toward a reduced fee to attract more singers. A scholarship program also is being created.