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(J.R.S. 75)

Offered by: Senator Ide of Caledonia County.

Whereas, choral music is an art form that brings great joy and inspiration to both the participants and the audience, and

Whereas, the residents of northern New England have for half a century appreciated the melodious music that the North Country Chorus presents in concerts throughout the region, and

Whereas, in July 1947, members of the Littleton, New Hampshire Music Lovers Club, with the guidance of New England Conservatory graduate, Mildred Burnett, first met to establish a small singing group, and

Whereas, after its first and very successful concert on December 1, 1947, the group formally organized in January 1948 as the North Country Chorus, and

Whereas, in 1951 Mary Rowe assumed the directorship of the North Country Chorus and has continued ever since to lead the ensemble to ever greater music heights, and

Whereas, the chorus soon expanded its performance schedule to include concerts throughout the year on both sides of the Connecticut River, and

Whereas, its fully-costumed Madrigal Twelfth Night Dinners are eagerly anticipated by many appreciative choral music enthusiasts, and

Whereas, the membership of the North Country Chorus has grown to approximately 90 well-trained singers who range in age from 16 to 85, and

Whereas, the North Country Chorus participates in many joint appearances with other vocal ensembles and has accompanied the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in a stirring rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and

Whereas, the chorus has journeyed across the sea to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and Austria for international performances, and has served as the host for several visiting chorales from Europe, and

Whereas, as part of its 50th Anniversary year, the North Country Chorus is planning several special events, including an appearance at the National Cathedral in Washington,D.C. and once again welcoming choristers from Stockton, England, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the North Country Chorus on a half century of musically brightening the lives of its many listeners, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Rowe, the illustrious director of the North Country Chorus since 1951.