Westborough – The Hundredth Town Chorus (HTC), under the direction of Wendy Damoulakis, is observing its 65th anniversary by presenting a free public concert, at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 31, at the Congregation B'sai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough.
Anchored in tradition, infused with a deep sense of community and camaraderie, the HTC began at a meeting of the Westborough Woman's Club in 1949. With a mission of bringing the joy of music to elderly audiences whose lack of mobility prevents them from attending public musical events, the chorus sings at area nursing homes, assisted care facilities, retirement communities, arts festivals and other area town cultural events.
Since 1982, Damoulakis has served as choral director. She will be honored at the event by State Sen. Jaime Eldridge, D-Acton, for her years of leadership. The chorus will also be honored by the Westborough Board of Selectmen acknowledging May 31 as “Hundredth Town Chorus Day.”
This season's selections include favorites by George and Ira Gershwin, pieces from “A Chorus Line” and “Finian's Rainbow”, a spiritual “Winds of Peace” in 4 parts with flute accompaniment, a jazzy version of “Route 66”, and more. The audience will have a chance to sing along on a classic patriotic tune for Memorial Day.
Although founded in Westborough, chorus members of various ages and diverse backgrounds come from surrounding towns including Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Upton and Uxbridge.