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Choir concert will benefit Oasis Women's Center

May 8, 2014

By Brett Luster, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.

May 08--ALTON -- Eddie Hitchcock said he always loved to hear women's singing voices while he was growing up.

So he coupled that with a desire to give back and created Seasons Of Life, a 24-piece women's choir which will perform a free concert May 15 in Alton.

Partial proceeds will go to Oasis Women's Center, 111 Market St., who assists women facing domestic violence.

"I wanted it to be something to give back to the community," said Hitchcock, 41. "Because I don't (volunteer) at homeless shelters or anything like that. So I was like, 'How can I give back?' And that's' one of the ways."

More than 30 women showed up for the first rehearsal Jan. 16 and he said he would ultimately like to see a choir of 40 women. But he is happy right now with the ensemble comprised of women in college-age all the way into their 60s.

"Seasons Of Life is just the different seasons you go through in your life," said Hitchcock, assistant music director at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St., Alton.

They will perform nine sacred songs from genres including Gospel, folk, classical and contemporary Christian at the 7 p.m.May 15 concert at Main Street United Methodist Church.

Seasons Of Life will also perform at United Methodist Village in Godfrey May 22.

The choir is open to women regardless of religion and to join call Hitchcock at 618-610-2482.

Brett Luster can be reached at 618-463-2570 and on Twitter @bdluster.


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