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Women's choir to perform benefit concert

May 23, 2014

By Winston Spencer Jr., The Huntsville Item, Texas

May 23--HUNTSVILLE -- With the arrival of spring, hope issues forth from the earth towards the sky and every winged thing takes to the air in flight.

Comparably, the woman of Belle Chanson (Beautiful Song) will provide musical entertainment at the Virginia (Ginny) Irvin Scholarship Fund on May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

"Our theme this year is Earth, Sky, and Things that Fly," Director Cindy Rohe said. "It's going to be a lot of fun for everyone."

Belle Chanson is a self-funded all women's choir comprised of Huntsville residents who only perform two benefit concerts per year. Rohe is a retired music educator with over 25 years of service with Huntsville ISD.

"About 10 years ago a few of us thought it would be a great idea to have an all female choir like we used to have with Ginny. She's always been the inspiration behind us," said Rohe.

The concert will consist of 13 songs that range from Louis Armstrong to Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson to the Beatles. The event will conclude with hymns that will include "On Eagles' Wings" and "I'm Goin' Up Yonder".

Rohe believes that, "beautiful music has existed for centuries and in all cultures and to ignore it is to fail to provide critical inspiration."

Over the years Belle Chanson has performed throughout Walker County, The Woodlands and Houston, benefiting SAAFE House, the Pregnancy Care Center, Rita B. Huff animal shelter, HEARTS Veterans Museum, Boys and Girl's Club, Good Shepherd Mission and the Walker County Mammogram Fund just to name a few.

The choir aspires to live up to the legacy of Irvin and hopes that "she would be pleased."

"We are here for the purpose of using our time and talent of sharing our gifts to benefit our community," Rohe said.


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