It was founded with a charter of public service and brotherhood in 1916 and since then the Imperial Glee Club has become one of the oldest continuously performing men’s choruses in the country, pleasing crowds at church, business, civic and charitable venues.
To celebrate its history the chorus will present a Centennial Concert on Friday, May 20 starting at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle.
Club President Craig Mortensen, a member of the club since 1993, says the chorus member with the longest service is Clyde Anderson who has chalked up 56 years with the group.
Mortensen says there will be some recognitions at the start of the concert.
“The song of the different genres of music that we do. We’ll start off with God Bless America as an opening number and then we’ll have an introduction,” Mortensen explains. “Then we’ll do some love songs: <em>Some Enchanted Evening</em>, <em>Lorena, Always on My Mind</em>, <em>Somewhere My Love</em>.
“There is a new one that I just arranged called <em>And So It Goes</em>, which is a Billy Joel song. This will be the first time that we perform that.”
Mortensen has arranged many of the numbers, personally. Anyone wanting more information about the concert can reach him at 757-9515.