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AROUND TOWN: Annual breakfast celebrates chorale and symphony programs for youth

March 1, 2017 Updated: March 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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photo - Celebrate Youth in the Arts Breakfast: Deborah Thornton, left, Beth Kret, Jan Johnson
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Celebrate Youth in the Arts Breakfast: Deborah Thornton, left, Beth Kret, Jan Johnson 022317 Photo by Linda Navarro 

What better way to start a day than with a bounty of young voices and an acclaimed youth symphony.

Lovers of the arts filled a large Hotel Eleganté ballroom early on Feb. 23 for an annual treat, the Celebrate Youth in the Arts Breakfast fundraiser.

Pieces performed ranged from Tchaikovsky's March Slav to "America the Beautiful," from bluegrass and modern barbershop singers to "Hymn to the Fallen and "Colorado."

It was a benefit for Colorado Springs Children's Chorale (kidssing.org), founded in 1977, and the 37-year-old Colorado Springs Youth Symphony (csysa.com). And it was a time to learn about "music is the vehicle" from young local musicians who had traveled to and performed in Italy, Japan, Germany and South Africa. Both the symphony and chorale musicians have performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall and the chorale was invited to sing at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Keven Stewart heads the CSYSA and Marcia Hendricks is Executive Director of the CSCC.

For Jen Lennon, serving as emcee of the breakfast was personal, since her own children have been involved in music/arts programs. Thanked for their support were sponsors including Wells Fargo Advisors, Pikes Peak Center, Joe and Jennifer Boylan of Springs Homes, and the table captains.

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