Caritas Chorale, one of the valley’s premiere vocal groups, is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, which will occur this year at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum on Sunday, Sept. 8.

    Guests will be treated to dinner, drinks, raffles and more in an evening celebrating music and artistry in the valley.

    It would hardly befit a Caritas Chorale event to proceed without musical performance, however. While guests enjoy cocktails and dinner, the chorale will serenade them with favorite songs from the 1920s. The whole program will help foster an atmosphere of celebration and splendor definitive of the Roaring ’20s.

    As an additional fundraising element—and an extra draw for art lovers—the chorale will raffle off an elaborate quilted wall-hanging created by Colorado-based artist Terry Lee, daughter of longtime Ketchum resident and Caritas soprano Evelyn Lee.

    Margie Gould, another Ketchum resident and soprano—and an avid quilter—appraised the item, saying, “Terry Lee’s work is cottage style and full of color. I am more of a technical quilter, but Terry is an artist. I greatly admire her work and find the extension of our traditional quilting style to be very exciting.”

    The artist’s mother commented on the item, titled “Slot Canyon,” saying, “My daughter is a skilled musician as well as a very imaginative quilter. ‘Slot Canyon’ is her most recent work [and] represents many of the types of canyons seen in Idaho and Colorado—steep, narrow and filled with colorful shades of vegetation and natural rock formations.”

    Funds generated by the raffle will help the chorale continue to keep all its rehearsals and performances free throughout the year. The Caritas Chorale is a free-to-join, no-audition-necessary, free performance vocal group. The ensemble takes on more singers at any time of year; the only requirement is a love of music.

    Under the musical direction of local arts extraordinaire R.L. Rowsey, Caritas Chorale has been staging free concerts several times a year for well over a decade.

    The fall fundraiser event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets are now available for $175, with all proceeds going to ensure that the chorale can continue to present free concerts year-round.

    Attendees are asked to RSVP no later than Sunday, Aug. 25, so the event organizers can plan accordingly. Visit caritaschorale.org or call Margie Gould at 208-726-5811 with inquiries or for ticket purchases.

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