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This Land is Your Land: A Celebration of American Folk Music

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Long time Pleasant Valley Chorale Director Susan Hughes will direct her 100th and final concert “This Land is Your Land: A Celebration of American Folk Music”. on Sunday, June 2 at the Essex Community Church and Tuesday, June 4 at the Elizabethtown Social Center.

Susan has directed the Pleasant Valley Chorale since 1997. She describes it as “an ensemble of the people, for the people. We don’t hold auditions, which keeps it on an amateur level so everyone can be part of it, but we still work hard at the music. It’s a great way to expand your singing abilities and to make new friends.”

The Social Center sponsors the PVC and is seeking a new Director. The position includes a stipend. To apply contact info@elizabethtownsocialcenter.org

The Chorale presents new programs of music twice a year. Selections from Broadway musicals have been favorites, including concerts celebrating the careers of composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

Elizabethtown Social Center Director Arin Burdo says “Susan has brought so much to the Chorale over the years. It’s part of our core mission to bring people together and we appreciate that the Chorale is available to everyone who wants to sing.”

Susan also credits the Choir’s accompanists, Kerry Mero and Mary Lu Kirsty, for the success of the Chorale. She notes that the Chorale, with 20-25 members, is still rebuilding from COVID and she encourages people to give it a try. “Singing in an ensemble is one of the most wonderful things you can do. It reduces stress, improves mental health and memory, and it’s a great way to express yourself. It boosts your confidence.

Concerts are free. Donations accepted.


June 2
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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7626 US Route 9
Elizabethtown, 12932
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2306 Lake Shore Rd
Essex, 12936
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