After two years, the Durango Choral Society welcomes Cabaret – The Durango Herald


The Durango Choral Society will hold its first Cabaret fundraiser in two years on May 22. (Courtesy of the Durango Choral Society)

Fundraising for DCS

It’s been two years since the Durango Choral Society was able to host its ultimate date night, A Choral Society Cabaret.

It’s now back and, said Linda Mack Berven, DCS’s executive director and bandleader, it’ll be bigger than ever – with a buffet dinner and drinks.

“We have chosen a menu that I think everyone will love. And we’re going to have wine on the table sponsored by Star Liquors,” she said. “We will have plenty of red and white wine on the tables.”

Gemma Kavanagh performs at a Durango Choral Society cabaret (Courtesy Durango Choral Society)

The show is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 22 – a Sunday this year, which is expected – not only will people be able to gather for Sunday dinner, but they will also be coming home early enough to prepare for the week at to come. Additionally, the evening will take place this year in the Student Union Ballroom at Fort Lewis College. Mack Berven recommends that attendees plan to arrive by 5 p.m. at the latest: dinner will start at 5 p.m. and the show will start when the meal is over, around 6 p.m., she said.

As for the show, this year is going to be a doozy: In addition to the usual line-up of soloists, Mack Berven said there will also be performances from the Durango Women’s Choir and special guests, the men of the Durango Chamber. Singers. Jeff Solon’s Jazz Combo, featuring Solon on sax, Ben DeBelina on bass, Jack Maynes on piano and John O’Neal on drums. Mack Berven joins a piano duo.

What: A choral society cabaret.

When: 5 p.m. on May 22.

Or: Fort Lewis College Ballroom, 1000 Rim Drive.

Tickets: $75, available online at

More information: Visit

“The music goes from, the title of this year’s cabaret is called ‘Get Happy’, and so we’re going to start with a really cool arrangement of ‘Get Happy’ sung by the female choir.” she says. “And the music goes from Donizetti to Gershwin and everything in between, including ‘Blue Moon’ and we have ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from ‘South Pacific’.”

Also expect to hear “Under African Skies” by Paul Simon, “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller/Harry Brooks.

Jeff Solon will perform with his Jazz Combo at the Durango Choral Society’s annual cabaret. (Courtesy of the Durango Choral Society)

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There will also be a silent auction and a presentation of the history of the Choral Society with trophies and photos.

“We have been doing Cabaret for many years. This is our main fundraiser of the year,” she said. “People are really going to be treated to an elegant and beautiful dinner and a really excellent show.”

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