Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble is 50 years young
The Sarah SommerChai Folk Ensemble is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a pair of concerts.
Alex Sommer is the husband of the founder of the ensemble, Sarah Sommer who passed away in 1969.
"Dancing was something that came very natural to her," he explained. "It just grew and grew and grew. Her presence was infectious with anyone she bumped into. It didn't take much for them to be magnetized by her presence."
"Growing up, I was always surrounded by the group. It was something I really wanted to do," she said. "I was passionate about dancing and singing in the Israeli culture so it was natural for me to join."
'Chai' means 'alive' in Hebrew. The folk ensemble has travelled all around the world and this summer they will go to Israel for the second time.
"I don't think she could ever have dreamt that what she started and what was going on would reach this stage," he stated. "I hope she's watching and getting as much satisfaction that I have, that young Sarah has, and that everyone else involved has experienced."
Chai celebrates its 50th anniversary with two events - an Alumni Reunion Concert on June 8 at Club Regent and the big 50th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday June 10 at the Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. Before then hear Alex and Sarah Sommer on Information Radio with host Marcy Markusa on Friday June 6.