FARMINGTON — From Americana traditional to classical love songs, the Caliente! Community Chorus plans to provide a night of lively entertainment Tuesday.

The chorus will be performing a variety of music at their annual spring concert. The concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Totah Theater. Attendance is free, however donations will be accepted to the Caliente's scholarship program.

The concert will have three parts beginning with Americana traditional.

Virginia Nickels-Hircock, the music director, said the choir will do a "fun rendition" of "All God's Creatures Got a Place In the Choir."

The second part of the concert will focus on love songs. The choir will sing works by Brahms and Eric Whitacre. Tenille Taylor, a local violinist, will accompany the choir for the love songs section.

Gershwin's music fills the final part of the concert. Edie Farm will be accompanying the choir on piano during the Gershwin songs.

The spring concert will be Caliente's last concert of the season, Nickels-Hircock said. She said the next season won't start until after Labor Day.

Started in 2006 by Nickels-Hircock and Robyn Woodward, the choir hoped to provide an opportunity for people in the community to participate in fun, lighter music.

When the choir started there was only one other community choir, Nickels-Hircock said, a masterpiece choir headed by Linda Edwards from San Juan College.

Nickels-Hircock said one of the best parts of a community choir is the variety of ages.


High school students sing with Caliente.

In addition to singing, the choir provides an opportunity to be "musical ambassadors." In May, 31 Caliente members will be heading to Spain, Nickels-Hircock said. The group will sing in towns throughout the country starting in Madrid, she said.

Caliente meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the choir/orchestra room at Piedra Vista High School. For more information, visit

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