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Dawson Chorale puts on “All You Need is Love” Beatles concert
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Members of the Dawson Chorale perform some of the Beatles’ greatest hits during the singing group’s Oct. 3 concert at Dawson County Junior High School. - photo by Erica Jones

Despite rainy weather on Sunday Oct. 3, dozens of people flocked to the Dawson County Junior High School auditorium for an afternoon of fun listening to some of the Beatles’ greatest hits, performed by the members of the Dawson Chorale. 

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The Dawson Chorale was accompanied by Steve McClure on guitar, Danny Wheeler on bass and Bobby Sterling on drums as well as Clay Burnett on piano (not pictured). - photo by Erica Jones

The chorale members started off with the Beatles hit “All You Need is Love”, after which director Kathy Pate read a brief history of the Beatles and the songs the chorale would be performing. The singing group then launched into the rest of their 16-song set, singing classics like “Blackbird”, “Let it Be”, and John Lennon’s “Imagine” before ending the concert with “Hey Jude”. 

Each song was arranged in a way for the chorale to sing it, showcasing the member’s voices and harmonies. Those in the audience bobbed their heads and tapped their feet as they enjoyed hearing the old classics sung in unique ways. 

The chorale was accompanied by Clay Burnett on piano, Steve McClure on guitar, Danny Wheeler on bass and Bobby Sterling on drums. Bill Jefferson ran live sound, and Dawson Chorale Director Kathy Pate conducted the concert. 

The Dawson Chorale consists of sopranos Jan Brumbelow, Shirley Hawkins, Kay Jenkins and Tracey Osborne; altos Kathy Pate, Carol Torrisi-Kessel, Kim Reece and Kathy Stephenson; tenors Bill Arnold and Jim Atwood; and baritone/bass singers Michael Hamang and John Reid. 

For more information about the Dawson Chorale, future shows or how to join the singing group, go to or follow the Chorale on Facebook at