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Sing a hopeful song

Delmar church again hosts fundraiser for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

The Capital District Youth Chorale  performs at the 2010 Voices for Hope Children's Benefit Concert.

The Capital District Youth Chorale performs at the 2010 Voices for Hope Children's Benefit Concert.

The Chancel Choir of Delmar Methodist, The Capital District Youth Chorale and the Mendelssohn Club of Albany will all perform this year, including opera duets by Kara Cornell and Vedrana Kalas and pieces by advanced pianists from the Music Studio of Albany.

Joe Farrell, director of music for the Chancel Choir, said the groups are proud to be able to contribute to the Albany community through their music.

“They are using something they do well and have a gift for to give back,” he said, adding the concert is especially important for the children who participate.

“They are doing something for people other than themselves,” he said.

Rabinow agreed.

“We want to encourage our youth to think about others,” she said. “We want them to feel connected with the children they’re helping and continue to pay it forward.”

According to Rabinow, the benefit concert has become especially popular in the few years since the Fox television show “Glee” been on the air. She said singing groups are becoming fashionable again and attendance has grown “exponentially” in recent years, with hundreds in attendance.

“And I think it’s in part because of the quality of our program,” she said.

The Capital District Youth Chorale is an award-winning group of 106 singers in its 29th year of existence. It consists of three ensembles of students from 4th grade to high school seniors.

In comparison, The Mendelssohn Club is a 103-year-old tradition in the Capital District with a chorus of 65 male-voice singers. The group is “dedicated to preserving and presenting male choral music.” The Music Studio is one of the oldest music schools in the area that begins by teaching the fundamentals to its students.

Each year, the Norm Elfeldt Award is also presented at the concert. Named after a parishioner who worked tirelessly to give back to the community, the award is presented annually to a hardworking Interfaith Partnership volunteer.

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