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Madrigals highlight CoC extravaganza

Chamber Musical Extravaganza Saturday

April 28, 2005

Music lovers will be able to hear a group that regularly performs with the Kansas City Symphony as well as young award-winning singers from the community who will perform at famed Carnegie Hall during Saturday's De Soto Chamber of Commerce Musical Extravaganza.

The De Soto Chamber of Commerce's second annual musical extravaganza will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center. When then-Chamber President Shannan Nelson initiated the event last year, he envisioned it as an evening of quality family entertainment and an opportunity for the Chamber and other groups in the community to raise money.

The evening is the biggest fund-raiser the Chamber plans for this year, Chamber director Sara Ritter said. In addition to ticket sales, the Chamber will raise money through a silent auction with 35 items.

Nelson's vision of a family musical night will be joined with the performance of the De Soto High School Madrigals.

Those attending will hear the excellence that earned the Madrigals a Carnegie Hall residency. After numerous invitations, high school's vocal music instructor Mary Etta Copeland accepted an invitation this year to take part in the five-day residency, which starts June 23.

"I am so inspired myself by the motivation of these young singers, recognizing the opportunity to not just perform in a famous concert hall, but to also raise their level of musical expectation in a most professional setting and then return to our community to make greater contributions of their gifts," Copeland said.

That invitation came with a commitment to raise approximately $32,000 to pay travel and lodging expenses for the 16 students and eight adults making the five-day sojourn to New York City. Students have been working since October to raise themoney through a variety of events. The Chamber event dovetails nicely with the students' final push to raise the final $7,246 of that total.

Also performing at the extravaganza will be the Musicians of Summer Fest and the Midwest Cloggers. The Musicians of Summer Fest regularly perform with the Kansas City Symphony.

"The Chamber would like to invite the entire community to join us in an evening of music and entertainment." said Chamber President Dustin Baker.

The silent auction will be an event in itself. Items include a sterling/pink tourmaline/diamond pendant and matching earrings, a Carlos Beltran and Buck O'Neil autographed baseballs, Kansas Speedway race tickets, golf gift certificates, Cutter and Buck duffle bag, fitness center passes, artwork as well as many more items.

Items have been provided by the Chamber members, who are taking part in the first-ever Chamber Challenge of member teams.

Tickets are available at the Chamber office for $5. They can be purchased at the door for $7. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call Ritter at 583-1585 or e-mail

The Chamber of Commerce members have purchased more than 40 tickets to date for distribution at the De Soto Senior Center, as well as residents of Hillside Village and Valley Springs Senior Apartments.

"As with last year's event, Chamber members have shown their generosity by providing tickets to the senior population so that those that perhaps might not have been able to attend would have the opportunity." Ritter said.

The extravaganza is being underwritten by De Soto Pizza Hut and Time Warner Cable.

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