By Cathy Chubb, LCS Board Member

Laingsburg Community Singers (LCS) will perform its 40th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m., under the direction of Steven J. Easterling. Both concerts will be held at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 310 Crum St., in Laingsburg. LCS is not a church choir and sings all genres of music. The concerts will consist of pieces that have been performed by the group during the past 40 years including some patriotic favorites along with selections from West Side Story, Sister Act and a Wonder Years medley which includes ‘Monday, Monday,’ ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Lean on Me.’

There are currently 40 members, two of whom are original charter members – Janice Hurst and Coralie George, and new members are always welcomed. Members come from many different communities from within the Tri-county area and even from places as far away as Argentine, and Howell.

LCS began in September 1976 as a LCC class project in connection with the bicentennial, under the direction of Kevin Cushman. The group enjoyed it so much they decided to continue in subsequent years. Directors of LCS have included: Kevin Cushman, 1976-1983; Karl Schlicher and Nancy Carlson, 1983-1986; Lydia Erickson, 1986-1999; and Steven Easterling, 2000-to present.

Jeff Richards, the present accompanist, joined the group in 2014. Other accompanists have included: David Witchell, Mary Jane Walters, John D. Smith, Mary Lou Chappell, Jean Leonard, and Beverly Burkhart. Dave Woodend accompanied the group on percussion for three years.

The group enjoys performing a wide range of music and has greatly expanded its musical capabilities under the guidance of Steven Easterling. It is also the fun and feeling of family that keeps members coming back each year.

Admission is free (good will offering) and there will be refreshments following the concerts. We hope you will join us in celebrating our 40th year of singing.

Laingsburg Community Singers 40th Anniversary Concerts was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Karen Elford