Imperial Glee Club celebrates 100 years of music on Friday

For 100 years the Imperial Glee Club has been touching hearts and lives with its choral music that includes show tunes, pop, holiday music and more with an emphasis on patriotic and spiritual anthems.

On Friday, May 20, the Imperial Glee Club will present its Centennial Spring Concert starting at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle.

The program is under the direction of club president Craig Mortensen, a well-known local musician who has been a member for approximately 25 years. Mortensen has arranged many of the numbers for the club which is one of the oldest continuously-performing men’s choruses in the United States.

“The concert will be similar to what we will always do,” says Mortensen. “We will have three sets of music. Instead of having guest artists come we are going to honor some of our current directors and accompanists and former directors and accompanists.

“We may honor some of the former members of the club who have had to drop out for health reasons over the years, who would be with us if they could be with us.”

Mortensen says the Imperial Glee Club, comprised of 25-30 voices, was funded with a charter of public service and brotherhood in 1916. The men have already given 27 performances in various venues this year.

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