Summerset Singers

Photo courtesy of Ken Hitch

Members of the Summerset Singers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a concert featuring the music of the 1969 event and era.

Take a trip back in time with the Summerset Singers as they celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary at their upcoming “Journey to Woodstock” performance. The concert will feature many of the songs from Woodstock 1969, in addition to other songs from the 60s.

The Summerset Singers is a non-audition chorus made up of over 60 men and women living in Brentwood’s Summerset community. All of the members were alive in 1969 and look forward to journeying back to that time by performing songs of the era.

“This is not just a concert,” said Susan Stuteville, choral director for the Summerset Singers. “It’s more like a party celebrating music of the 60s. The music is iconic and there is something for everyone.”

Stuteville says Journey to Woodstock is not just any choral performance. The event will feature music that had lasting influence on American culture.

“Our audience will want to clap their hands, stomp their feet and sing along as we go back in time to that historic event known as Woodstock,” said Stuteville. “The singers experienced this epic time and we look back on this era with fond memories.”

Music performed at the event will be accompanied by various instruments, including piano, drums, guitar and bass. Audience members will hear popular songs from the 1960s, including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills & Nash, “My Generation” by The Who, and “Happy Together” by The Turtles.

“The main message of the music was peace, love and harmony,” said Stuteville. “Those who lived in the 60s will appreciate and remember these monumental songs, and be inspired to reconnect with their past and the ideals that were a part of that era.”

Ken Hitch, who has been a member of the chorus for years, is excited for Journey to Woodstock and looks forward to performing again with the choir.

“Performing with this chorus gives me an outlet that my wife and I can do together,” said Hitch. “What can be better than singing with your neighbors for your local community? It puts peace, love and harmony back in our lives.”

Join the Summerset Singers in their travel back to the past. Listen to choral renditions of timeless tunes still on the radio today, and reminisce about old memories while making some new ones.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19th and Friday, June 21st, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 925-864-0410, or visit www.summersetsingers.org.

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