Elmhurst Ladies Chorus serenades its former soprano, age 101, at Belmont Village Geneva Road

In the rush of this time of year, some of us may try to spread holiday cheer with a generic Christmas card or, if we’re really thoughtful, baked goods.

But the women of the Elmhurst Ladies Chorus share the spirit of the season with the kind of consideration and inclusion that would make even the Mr. Potter types joyful.

The Ladies Chorus recently held a Christmas concert to serenade the ensemble’s former soprano, Karin Jaeger, and her fellow residents at the Belmont Village Senior Living community in Carol Stream.

Jaeger — who turned 101 in May — reveled in the singalong and some of the signature melodies performed by the chorus. Wearing traditional costumes and accompanied by accordion player Irma Weber of Arlington Heights, the chorus sang German and American classics for the audience at Belmont.

“While most of the women are born in Germany and love the musical treasures Germany is so famous for, they enjoy a variety of song selections, from musicals to spirituals — and even have taken to rewrite some of their most beloved melodies and Christmas songs into English, to be enjoyed by all,” Events Chairwoman Marlis Schmidt said in advance of the concert.

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