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Northwestern Singers are a jewel in Austin

The support Austin and the surrounding area has for arts, entertainment, and cultural activities never ceases to amaze me.

We saw proof of this support in our overwhelming attendance at the recent concerts at the historic Paramount Theatre. It can also be seen in our diversity of arts organizations.

I think one of the more unique arts groups is the Northwestern Singers. It is rare for a community to have such an active community choir, and Austin is fortunate to be one of them.

The Northwestern Singers is a non-profit, community chorus featuring men and women ranging in age from the 20’s to the 70’s from the Austin, Albert Lea and Rochester area who share a love of singing and performing.

They present three major events each year. At 7 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m., they will be presenting their annual winter concert at the istoric Paramount Theatre.

Complete with costumes, choreography and accompanied by a live orchestra ensemble, this year’s show is called “Timeless,” and will take audiences on a journey through time.

Under the direction of Brock Besse, the Northwestern Singers will perform songs that have endured through the ages such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Willy Wonka with Oompa Loompas,” Cole Porter songs and many more.

A children’s chorus from the Austin elementary schools will also be performing with them.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Paramount, Hy-Vee Austin, Marshall Street Music-Albert Lea, from any Northwestern Singer and at the door.

The following week visit the Paramount again for more vocal music fun with the vocal band Up ‘til 2 at 7:30pm. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets can be purchased online at paramounttheatre.org or by calling 434-0934.