Sometimes when we meet up with the month’s newsletter raffle winner to present their gift certificate and take their photo, we realize what a great story they have to share with our community. Such was the case with last November’s winner, Konnie Kenny, who let us know about a show performed that month by the L.A. South Towns Chorus at the James Armstrong Theater.
It turns out that Konnie has been singing with the L.A. South Towns Chorus for 13 years, and has performed in several of their shows. The L.A. South Towns Chorus was founded nearly 60 years ago by a group of women who loved to sing. Some of those original founders are still in the chorus. The group consists of over 60 women ranging in age from their 20s to the 90s, and from all walks of life. They meet locally every Monday to practice harmonizing in the a cappella style, produce their own annual shows and also enter in various competitions.
“I love being part of the South Towns Chorus,” said Konnie, who is 82 years young. “I have to memorize the music and it keeps my brain going. Plus it’s such a fun group of women to sing and socialize with every week.”
A singer most of her life, Konnie started in church choirs and then was introduced to barbership-style singing, joining the Treble Makers in 1980. She sang with them until they disbanded in 2003, and then became a member of the L.A. South Towns. She is also a big sports fan, and her two side-by-side televisions are frequently simultaneously running different sporting events (typically tennis, basketball or soccer). She was a passionate tennis player for 50 years until her knees forced her to stop recently. She also practices yoga. And you’ll probably never see Konnie without a hat on – she owns more than 40 of them and they certainly suit her. Before retiring, she was a secretary for 17 years at South Bay Engineering Corporation in Malaga Cove.
Konnie and her husband bought their home in the Hollywood Riviera 50 years ago and raised three children here.
“This is a great community to raise kids,” says Konnie. “I have great neighbors and lots of activities I enjoy. I’ll never leave.” To learn more about the L.A. South Towns Show Chorus, including how to join, go to www.lasouthtowns.org.