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News Release

March 02, 2005

U of G Chamber Choir to Hold Fundraiser

The University of Guelph Chamber Choir is one of 39 choirs from around the world selected to participate in Festival 500 July 3 to 10 in St. John’s, Nfld. Recognized internationally as an opportunity to explore and enhance choral excellence, this year’s festival will draw delegates and choirs from every continent, including 21 Canadian entries, and will entertain over 14,000 concertgoers.

Marta McCarthy, conductor of the U of G Chamber Choir, says “participating in such a significant event gives one a sense of personal and corporate pride — in our community and in our country. As a choir from the host country, our students will act as diplomats to international choirs. Our participation in Festival 500 will provide an opportunity to spread Guelph’s reputation as a community of innovation, opportunity and excellence”

To help cover expenses, the choir has organized “Showcase: A Fundraising Cabaret,” to be held March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. The show will feature song, humour and a tribute to George Gershwin. There will also be refreshments and a raffle with prizes, including a $100 gift basket from the Nutty Chocolatier, dinner for two at East Side Mario’s, a concert for two at the River Run Centre and a month of lessons from The Octave Music Store. Show tickets are $20 and are available by calling McCarthy at 519-824-4120, Ext. 54377.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rebecca Kendall, Ext. 56982.

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