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Men of Song musical repertoire resonates with audiences

Music touches the human soul. It can soothe a crying child, stir patriotism and delight concertgoers. For the dedicated members of the Men of Song chorus, music is an integral part of their lives. This group of 25 LDS men, all from Utah, range in age from 42 to 86 years old. They faithfully rehearse for two hours every Thursday evening at the South Ogden Senior Center.

The chorus has an intriguing history that began in the 1930s. Originally sponsored by the Southern Pacific Railroad, the group was known as the Southern Pacific Male Chorus. Members disbanded during World War II and reunited in 1947 under the direction of Owen Rouse. By 1983, they represented an Ogden bank and were called the Valley Men of Song. Members cycle in and out, but some current members have sung with the group for years.

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