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VIDEOS: San Diego Women's Chorus to perform "Heaven & Earth" concert this weekend

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) will present two performances of its 24th annual winter concert, “Heaven & Earth,” this weekend at Mission Hills United Church of Christ.

The show will include a number of entertaining and inspiring winter-themed, socially-inspired music suitable for all ages. The wide range of selections will include “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Heaven on Earth” by Melissa Etheridge, and classic winter favorites like The Nutcracker’s “Russian Dance,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Mr. Santa.”

Members of the chorus hope that the community will support them and come out to the concert, which they say will be an outstanding display of the group’s musical ability.

Ellie Mout, a university administrator who has sang with the chorus since 2006, said that this concert is going to be one of the best winter performances in recent years.

“Not only will be there a lot of really fun, interesting music performed at this concert, but the group has nearly doubled in size since our concert in May,” Mout said, noting that nearly 45 women were at the group’s last rehearsal. “Also, the board of directors has led the group to be stronger musically – we have really changed for the better!”

Founded in 1987, the lesbian-allied singing group welcomes all women to sing in it ranks. Over the years, the group has focused on producing concerts that highlight the music of women and lesbian and gay composers and arrangers.

SDWC does not require an audition to participate in the chorus; however, those who do not wish to sing but still want to be a part of the group may volunteer in a number of different areas.

Several members of the chorus said that SDWC is so much more than just a singing group.

North Park resident Jennifer Crick, who has been in the group for nearly a year, says that SDWC is like a big family.

“When I joined the chorus, I was going through a divorce and was looking for an outlet,” Crick said. “I had always enjoyed singing, and once in the group, I found an immediate connection and instant family.”

Crick said that through the chorus, she was able to become emotionally strong again. “We motivate, inspire, and encourage each other.”

Mout agreed, adding that the group’s commitment to the community and the values and mission of the group are what keeps her coming back. “I have never been with a group that is so focused and is very values oriented and about creating community,” said Mout, who has participated in numerous singing groups in San Diego.

An example of this sense of community is seen at each rehearsal.

“It is our tradition to start every rehearsal reciting our statement of purposes, followed by the mission of the chorus, which everyone knows by heart,” Mout said.

SDWC rehearsals and concerts end with a group “circle chant,” which Mout says is particularly inspiring at the concerts when the audience is invited to join in and you hear the collection of community voices, both female and male.

After this weekend’s concert, SDWC will gear up for its 25th anniversary season next Spring. On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, new members will be welcome to attend the chorus’ rehearsal and join the group.

In July, SDWC will travel to Denver to participate in the ninth International GALA Festival, along with 180 other LGBT chorus groups from around the world.

This weekend’s showtimes are Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 pm. General admission tickets are $15 and children under 12 are admitted free.

Mission Hills United Church of Christ is located at 4070 Jackdaw St.

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The Circle Chant

San Diego Women's Chorus performing "Viva La Diva!"