PERFECT HARMONY: New Braunfels Community Chorale Brings Back Happy Noise | Community alert


After their last spectacular performance of beloved tunes, the New Braunfels Community Chorale returns with a new show featuring a musical lineup sure to inspire and uplift.

The group made their triumphant return to the stage this spring with a show called “The Greatest Show,” which featured costumes, props and coordinated moves to match the theatrics of Broadway classics.

The choir’s comeback show filled the pews and drew the biggest crowd they’ve seen in 10 years and they’re hoping for repeat success, said Linda McPeak, one of the longtime members of the choir.

For its last stage performance, the choir revisits some of its key numbers from previous concerts.

This isn’t the first time the band have filled their schedule with some of their greatest hits.

It’s been 10 years since the nonprofit reached its all-star collection, but this time the group is focused on performing songs with a common theme: unity.

“What we’re doing is trying to sing songs that are about unity and being one,” McPeak said. “There seem to be so many divisions right now in our country… We’re trying to say we’re one.”

Show director Jody Bagley Leifeste will once again lead the group of 35 unique voices to carry the show’s selection, requiring a wide range of tones to convey the music’s message.

Jody Bagley Leifeste conducts the New Braunfels Community Chorale on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 as they perform at Edenhill in New Braunfels.

The setlist includes songs from his spring show like the uplifting number “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”, “What a Wonderful World” from his 2018 spring show and “The Prayer” made famous by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church from the band’s 2016 fall show.

The choir will also perform several gospel and religious hymns such as “Our Father”, “Sweet By and By” and “This Little Light of Mine”, while songs like “Unchained Melody” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” inspire nostalgia public.

The choir gave a preview of the upcoming show to senior citizens of EdenHill Communities on Tuesday evening.

The little taste gave the small crowd gathered in the chapel a chance to feel the message of unity behind the music.

During the mini-concert, the choir paid a special tribute to the armed forces of the United States.

The group sang a mix of songs associated with military branches such as the US Army, Navy and Air Force while introducing them to a song for the new military branch – Space Force.

During the show, audience members were encouraged to stand up and be recognized for their service to their country, with several standing up to be honored.

“Every time we play, people thrive because it gives them a chance to be recognized and brings back memories,” McPeak said.

Catch Greatest Hits-Vol. 2: We Are One on Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Cross Lutheran Church at 2171 Common St. in New Braunfels.

Tickets are $10 each, except for children 12 and under, who get in free and can be purchased at Johnson Furniture, at the door of the venue, or from choir members.

Funds received from ticket sales will be used to support the music of the New Braunfels Community Chorale.


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