Women’s chorus to perform Saturday

Members of the World War I Ensemble of Conway Women’s Chorus include (from left, standing) Barb Canallo, Anna Abernathy, Kendra Thomas, Joan Hanna (director), Donna Overton, Elizabeth Barnes,Anita Bayless, (seated from left) Mimi Carlin, Teena Woodworth, Dee Woodrum and JoEd Woodward. The group will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday during the Living History Weekend at the Military Museum in Vilonia.

The World War I Ensemble of Conway Women’s Chorus on Saturday is particiapting in the commemoration of the centennial years of the “War to End all Wars.”


The group will present programs reminicent of USO shows during 2017-18 that will depict the styles of music popular at the time of the war as well as pro and anti-war songs. In period dress. The women will share stories from the war era, history of how the war affected Arkansas residents and the women’s suffrage movement.

The group will open the afternoon program at the Military History Museum’s Living History Weekend in Vilonia. The program will begin at 1 p.m. with the Star Spangeled Banner.

They will also share “Hello, My Baby,” “Oh, Johnny!”, “Your Country Needs You Now” and a medley of period and patriotic songs by George M Cohan.

At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, the Ensemble will be a part of the Faulkner Country Museum’s Fall Open House. At this performance they will add songs such as “Put Your Arms Around Me,” “You Made Me Love You,” “Pack Up Your Troubles” and others. They will also share the histories of some of the songs as they related to the war era.

Also on November 4, the Ensemble will sing in the afternoon at the Sequoyah National Research Center symposium entitled Untold Stories: American Indian Code Talkers of World War I. The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and include, at 1:45 p.m., the grand opening of a companion exhibit. That will continue through February 2, 2018.

Held at the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology Auditorium at 500 University Avenue, speakers will include representatives of the Choctaw, Comanche and Osage tribes. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required by October 27 at ehfehr@ualr.edu.

Friday, November 10, the group will entertain during the lunch hour at SIF in Little Rock. The group is booking dates for performances during 2018 for interested groups and civic clubs.

More information is available from Judie Burney who can be reached at 501-733-3240.



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