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May 21, 2004

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The A Cappella Singers, one of the few all female chorus groups in New England, have not only been a unique musical voice in the area but a persistent one as well. Tomorrow, at the Plymouth Church in Framingham, the locally-based group will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a performance titled "Songs Through the Years. "Certainly, it is a point of pride to think about it from the point of view of 40 years ago," said Astrid (Sandy) Thalheimer, a Natick resident who founded the A Cappella Singers.

"There is a special sound we have that is brought out of us by our conductor," said Ann Powers who has been with the A Cappella Singers for more than 30 years and will be one of the featured soloists during the 40th anniversary concert. "There is a certain quality to your voice, with altos and sopranos and so forth, that is different. There is a certain purity and lightness, a warm, glowing, human feeling to it," said Thalheimer.

"There certainly is a different dynamic," said A Cappella Singers music director Sharon Brown, adding that women's shared experiences play into the emotion they bring to the music. Brown, a Framingham resident who conducts The Boston Conservatory's women's choir, is a full-time member of the school's Special Programs Department, and is also the conductor of the Simmons College Women's Chorale, said tomorrow night's musical bill will also include pieces from the A Cappella Singers' first public performance, in 1968. More

Posted by acapnews at May 21, 2004 8:14 AM


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