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It’s a Monday night at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, and Karen Cantele is checking people in for a rehearsal of the Mendelssohn Chorale.

Now the Chorale’s Manager, Cantele says hers is a common story here.

“I heard from some friends that, ‘You should come and sing in this amazing group,’ about seven years ago,” she said. “So I came, and it’s been the most uplifting thing I could have done so far for my own professional singing -- you know, enjoyment.”

An episode of the 1960s sitcom Bewitched perfectly describes the author-character relationship, according to Linda H. Heuring.

"Samantha the witch is writing a play, and her characters come alive and she couldn't get rid of them," Heuring said. "They were in her living room, and they wouldn't go away because she conjured them out of her subconscious. That's kind of how characters come to me."

Sessions from Studio A - NE-HI

Oct 12, 2017
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NE-HI performing "Stay Young in WNIJ's Studio A.
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