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Portland Boychoir will sing at LOs New Thought Center

by: submitted photo The Portland Boychoir will be performing Oct. 15 in Lake Oswego. Pictured are Reilly Smith, Thomas Parsons, Noah Gladen-Kolarsky and Sean Finucane.

The Portland Boychoir will be performing in Lake Oswego on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.

The choir is the only all-boy choir in the Portland-metro area. It is comprised of boys ages 10 to 14 whose voices have not yet changed and sing in the treble range, which is similar to soprano.

'This group of boys is really at their peak,' said Laura Snyder, mother of choir member Matthew Snyder, a fifth grader at Stafford Primary School in West Linn.

According to Snyder, Matthew has been involved in the Portland Boychoir since January 2010.

Snyder said the choir is a 'great forum for boys to come together who love to sing.'

The choir rehearses twice a week and performs a wide variety of music styles.

The upcoming concert, 'All Kinds of People,' includes an arrangement based on the children's story 'One Night in Frogtown.'

Snyder said the choir director created his own arrangement of the piece, customizing it for the treble voices.

The musical story of acceptance and tolerance is about a frog that roams from town to town meeting others who play different music than him. Though all the groups are vastly different, they learn to appreciate each other.

The 'Frogtown' piece alone features rap, blues and classical music, with a celebration of them all at the end.

The story 'is something the Boychoir has really fallen in love with,' said Snyder.

She said the choir has five core values that they integrate into the program. One of those is integrity, 'not just as musicians, but as human beings,' which is reflected in their music.

'It's not just a concert,' said Snyder, stressing the audience enjoying 'being part of this larger message.'

She said the concert would appeal to all ages, including families with young children.

'We would love to have the community come and enjoy the special evening,' Snyder said. 'This great concert for people of all ages, especially families and young children, will bring a positive message of inclusiveness and acceptance to the Lake Oswego community.'

After the concert, 'One Night in Frogtown' author Philip Pelletier will be on hand to visit and sign books.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. New Thought Center for Spiritual Living is located at 1040 C Ave.

Tickets are $15 for adults, those 18 and younger are free with an accompanying adult.