The Yuba Sutter Youth Choir Presents: A Groovy Retro 70s Concert

The Yuba Sutter Youth Choir is back and ready to perform live in public for the first time since the pandemic.  These 20 students, ages 7-14, have been busy for months learning popular songs from the groovy and fun era of the 1970s. A grand finale performance for this session will be held on May 24th at 7 pm at the Burrows Center for the Arts, 624 E Street in Marysville. General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children 12 and under are $5.

The Yuba Sutter Youth Choir is one of Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture’s most popular Arts in Education programs, but during COVID, had to be suspended. The newly formed choir has learned songs from the 70s by artists including Elton John, the Jackson 5, ABBA, the Village People, Bill Withers, and John Denver. The set list includes Crocodile Rock, Dancing Queen, Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart, Honky Cat, I’ll Be There, I Will Survive, Lean on Me, Rubber Duckie, Take Me Home Country Roads, Three Little Birds, and YMCA. There will also be a song performed as a round and a special hand game song.

Once again, the Youth Choir is being directed by the incomparable Gay Galvin. Gay has been singing and playing piano since she was six years old. Trained in classical and jazz styles, she has worked in big bands, musicals, jazz trios, and various classical ensembles.  She is an accomplished vocalist and has taught choir at all age levels. Gay is a founder and former director of the Yuba Sutter Big Band. Originally from Ohio, she has a master’s degree in music.  She teaches piano in her studio in Marysville and plays most musical genres and has even played in rock bands.  Gay also leads her own jazz trio. 

“The students have all worked very hard these past ten weeks,” said Gay.  “They are very excited to share these wonderful songs with their families, friends and the general public,” she added. 

“There was a lot of variety in popular music in the1970s,” said David Read, Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture’s Executive Director. “Hard rock got harder, but then there was soft rock and lots of innovation with new music including funk, disco, punk and even new wave and people loved the variety,” he added. And the audience will love the variety at this concert as well. Tickets are going fast so don’t delay. Order tickets today at or call 530-742-ARTS. 

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