Wilsonaires Chorus Spring Concert: “Love and Nonsense Songs”

May 1, 2014

The Wilsonaires Chorus Spring Concert: “Love and Nonsense Songs”
Director John Munger's Farewell Concert
Wilson Senior Center – 2601 W Howard Ave., Milwaukee
May 16 & 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

When John Munger first came to Greendale in 1938, he was five years old. Greendale was brand new and had high hopes of building a strong community through education, culture and the arts. As a nearly lifelong Greendale resident, John Munger has played an instrumental role in nurturing Greendale's musical community.
During a 30 year career, he taught band and orchestra in Greendale's elementary and middle schools. He was also Director of Greendale Community Church Choir & Instrument Groups for 25 years.

John went on to establish local music groups including the Greendale Village Concert Band, The Village Swing Band, Village Ramblers Dixieland Band, the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and the Big John and His Little German Band. He has also served in leadership roles with the South East Wisconsin New Horizon Band, the Suburban Players Orchestra and Boerner Botanical Gardens Rose Festival / Boerner in Bloom.

John Munger has been recognized for his service to the community. He has received numerous awards including the The Spirit Of Greendale Award (1998, 2008), the Greendale Lions Club Community Service Award (2009), the Volunteer Spirit of Greendale Award (1992), the Service to Greendale Public Schools Award (1989), the Greendale Jaycees Youth Betterment Award (1978) ... and many more.

When John retired from teaching in 1989, he joined the Wilsonaires Chorus. The Wilsonaires were formed when Wilson Senior Center first opened in 1982. This four part harmony chorus is made up of 50 members. They are a hard working and dedicated chorus that practices Tuesday mornings between September and May, hosting concerts for the community in December and May. Their repertoire includes popular musicals, folk songs and music composed specifically for the chorus.

Within a year John took over as Director of the Wilsonaires and has been sharing his musical talents and leadership with them for the last 24 years. Through his leadership the Wilsonaires have remained a talented community chorus. John will step down as Director after the Spring Concert in May.

Join us for the Wilsonaires Spring Concert "Love and Nonsense Songs." Performances are on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 beginning at 1:30 pm. Wilson Senior Center is located at 2601 W Howard Avenue in Milwaukee. Enjoy classics like "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", "Chiquita Banana" and many more.

About Wilson Senior Center
Wilson Senior Center is one of five Milwaukee County Senior Centers managed by Interfaith Older Adult Programs. Participation is open to anyone 50 years or older and there is no participation fee. Over 2500 people take part in activities each year. Activities include fitness center, Personal Training services, quilting, weaving, glass arts, exercise classes, Wilsonaires Chorus, Wilson Knights Band, day trips, senior dining, foreign language classes, wood shop, computers.   And so much more.

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