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Chansonnette

 

(Russian, shansonetka), a short song of a playful, even frivolous, nature. The chansonnette is performed with a variety of expressive gestures, and occasionally the vocalist dances as well as sings. In Russian the term shansonetka also refers to a female singer who performs chansonnettes, as in the French cabarets or the cafés chantants of prerevolutionary Russia.

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Chansonettes are vigorous with mid-summer flowers in a mixture of colours including bronze, orange, yellow, deep and pale pink with a ring of contrasting colour at the centre.
Singing for 53 years, The Chansonettes perform throughout the Valley at senior centers, charity events and civic gatherings, usually giving two or three performances a month, said Dorothy Cohen, 85, who has been the group's music director for the past 25 years.
Cohen said she doesn't let her age keep her from leading The Chansonettes in their weekly rehearsals.
While she does now have to use a cane, she says her passion for music and the Chansonettes keeps her going.
One major performance the Chansonettes have coming up will be at the Disabled American Veterans Center in Woodland Hills on Sept.
At that concert, the Chansonettes will perform several patriotic selections including a medley that will include ``Grand Old Flag,'' ``America,'' ``Yankee Doodle Dandy'' and ``This Land Is Your Land,'' Cohen said.
The Chansonettes Women's Chorus, a San Fernando Valley group of volunteers who share a love of singing, belt out Broadway show tunes and patriotic anthems year-round.
Founded in 1953 by a group of PTA moms, the Chansonettes now includes about a dozen women who range in age from 52 to 83.
Unlike many other choirs, the Chansonettes are not professional singers.
The San Fernando Valley-based Chansonettes sing at a Daughters of the American Revolution meeting at the Calabasas Inn.
The Chansonettes, a women's singing group performing for various organizations and senior retirement homes, is looking for new members.