11 Voices of After Thoughts to benefit local food shelves

KEESEVILLE - One local group of singers are putting their voices to good use.

After Thoughts, an 11-member vocal ensemble based in Peru, will be performing Sunday, March 21 at St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville, and all the proceeds from their concert will benefit two local food shelves.

The group formed in the summer of 2009 and is comprised of experienced and talented singers from other local ensembles such as the Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir and Champlain Valley Voices. They are conducted by Jeanette Woodruff and accompanied by pianist Carol Bachand.

Proceeds from Sunday's concert will be split between the JCEO food shelf in Keeseville and the ACAP food shelf in Elizabethtown, but it's not the first time After Thoughts has performed for a good cause. They have also sung at the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration and a Peru Community Church concert that benefitted the food shelf.

"We want to do what we can as a group to help people in need," said Woodruff. "Doing a concert to benefit the two food shleves located in Keeseville seemed a great place to start since they serve both Clinton and Essex County."

After Thoughts performs a variety of music, both with and without accompaniment, including showtunes, sprituals, and adaptations of other traditional American songs. Among the songs for Sunday's program are "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent," and an arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Sunday's concert will also feature a special appearance by guest musicians Lita Kelly and Jay Lesage. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and admission comes with a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the food shelves.

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