Chords for Clark concert to benefit Cardinal Singers

The George Rogers Clark Cardinal Singers and the Kentuckians Chorus will present the fourth annual Chords for Clark Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Leeds Center for the Arts.

Kris Olson, director of the GRC choirs, said the Cardinal Singers would share the stage with the Kentuckians Chorus, a renowned men’s barbershop chorus from Lexington.

“[The Kentuckians Chorus] do this concert with us as a means to support us,” Olson said. “They’re big supporters of choral music education. They support schools in the region, and we’ve been fortunate to be able to partner with them now for four years. It’s a generous bunch of guys. And they’ve invested a lot of time and effort into our kids.”

Olson said Leeds has also been supportive of the choir program. He said performing off-campus allows the students to experience more prestige.

The night will feature choirs, quartets, comedy and more fun.

“It’s just a very diverse, fun evening,” Olson said.

The benefit concert helps to raise money for the GRC choirs, providing money for equipment and funds for trips, music and more.

About 35 students will perform Friday.

Olson said he hopes people come to the performance to support the students.

“We have hard-working, music-loving kids,” he said. “They’re doing hard work here at GRC, and they have built a choral program that is reputable.”

Attendees can choose their seats and reserve tickets on Leeds’ website. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Jalam Sutton, president of the George Rogers Clark Cardinal Singers, said he has always loved to sing. He’s been involved in the choral program for four years and has seen the Cardinal Singers grow stronger every year.

He said Friday’s performance is an excellent opportunity for the community to see the students’ passion for music.

“There are so many kids in (the choir program) right now that will tell you that they would not be the person they are without singing,” Sutton said. “…(the choir) is a way to have a small group of 30 to 40 people come together and make beautiful music.”