Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special concert honoring founder Jeanne Kelly at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m.
The celebratory weekend also includes a gala at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington the preceding evening.
As many as 600 singers from Encore programs in Washington, D.C., New York City, Maryland and Virginia, plus participants in Encore’s online university program will join together to present an uplifting and joyful repertoire featuring an eclectic mix of music in many styles and from many eras, with live musical accompaniment.
There will be 16 singers from the Arlington Encore Chorale. In addition, there will be more than 80 singers from Encore’s programs in Fairfax County, including the Fairfax Encore Chorale in Fairfax, Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads Encore Chorale in Falls Church, Encore Chorale of Reston and Encore ROCKS Fairfax in Vienna and Sentimental Journey Singers at Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax.
Kelly will conduct the concert.
Admission is pay-what-you-wish. For tickets, see the Website at https://www.strathmore.org.
The Annapolis, Md.-based nonprofit Encore Creativity for Older Adults was founded in 2007 by Kelly, who had a vision for a non-audition, professionally run choral program for people over 55, an age group that she felt was underserved in the arts in the country.
Today, Encore has more than 1,200 singers in 26 in-person ensembles across the nation, including Chorales, ROCKS (rock-and-roll choruses) and Sentimental Journey Singers, a choir for those with early Alzheimer’s and memory impairment, plus a vibrant online university, summer camp, winter retreat and travel-abroad programs.
“For many participants – retirees, widows, widowers, empty-nesters and people looking for engaging experiences in their later years – Encore has provided a new community of friends, a new passion, challenging educational and performance opportunities, and most of all, joy,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of the organization. “We are thrilled to celebrate Jeanne for all she has accomplished and Encore’s important milestone.”
Kelly was named one of twelve “Influencers in Aging” in 2019 by the online publication Next Avenue, recognizing “her efforts to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.”
She recently was named to the HelpAge USA’s first-ever “60 over 60” list, honoring 60 Americans who are making significant contributions to society at the local, national or international level.