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The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave., will host a six-week pilot season of Encore Evanston, beginning on April 12. Under the direction of Jonathan Miller, Encore Evanston, an affiliate of Encore Creativity, seeks to enrich the lives of older adults by offering an opportunity to perform with their peers in a professionally conducted choral group.
Encore Evanston is open to adults age 55 and older from the area who wish to perform. What will make the chorale especially appealing is the fact that it is very accessible. “Encore draws lifelong choral singers and those who haven’t sung in a while, as well as people who’ve never sung in a choir and want to give it a try,” said Mr. Miller. Participants need not be able to sight read, and are able to rehearse and perform while seated. Rehearsals will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Merion.
“Music is integral to The Merion,” said Margaret Gergen, director of leasing at The Merion. “We host countless musical performances and draw large audiences from throughout the area. It is a natural next step to facilitate opportunities for our own residents, as well as other older adults from around the community, to be the performers. We are lucky to have someone of Jonathan’s caliber leading the charge.”
Evanston Encore Chorale is co-sponsored by The Merion and North Shore Village. Advance registration is available at www. EncoreILlinois.or or by calling 630-441-5157.