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The Abu Bekr Chanters will perform a wide variety of music, from light-hearted pop tunes to American classic folk songs, as well as sea chanties and stirring patriotic pieces, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

“Audiences tell us how much they enjoy our varied programs. I expect the Encounter Center audience will have as great a time listening to us as we will have singing for them,” says Mike Berger, Director of the Abu Bekr Chanters.

The Abu Bekr Chanters was formed as a unit of Abu Bekr Temple in 1920. In 1957, Don Kelsey became Director of the Chanters and built the choir to 60 members.

Under Kelsey’s leadership the group accepted its most ambitious undertaking: Dr. Haydn James’ invitation to participate in the 1986 “Festival of 1,000 Voices Concert” of massed Welsh choirs in London's Royal Albert Hall. The Chanters prepared 22 new numbers for the occasion, including nine in Welsh.

Noble Mike Berger became the Chanters’ fourth director in 2004. Dr. Jeremy Owens, Associate Professor of Music at Briar Cliff University, is the Chanters’ pianist.