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LA's answer to 'Glee': The Silver Lake Chorus

The Silver Lake Chorus.
The Silver Lake Chorus.
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Silverlake resident Samantha Rader has long enjoyed singing. The clinical psychologist was hoping to find a local chorus to join. But when online searches for an eastside glee club proved fruitless, she decided to start The Silver Lake Chorus. She joined KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about the group's first year in action.

Rader says there are about two dozen members of The Silver Lake Chorus.

"I would say the thing that unites us is a real joie de vivre," she explains, "other than that everyone comes from real disparate walks of life, they all have different careers, different aesthetics, different races ... but there's this real love of singing that unites us."

The group is also unified by a love of indie rock. They perform covers of songs such as Beck's "Loneseome Tears" and SIA's "The Church of What's Happening Now."

"We would do really neat orchestral arrangements of these things," says Rader.

The Silver Lake Chorus rehearse the theme for the film version of 'Magruber,' the popular Saturday Nigh Live skit.

This aesthetic led them to Australian musician Ben Lee, who became a fan of the group's sound. He's currently producing The Silver Lake Chorus' debut record. It will feature all original never-before-heard tracks written by artists including Beck, Sia, of Montreal, Aimee Mann, The Bird and the Bee, Tegan and Sara, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Brion, The New Pornographers and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

The Silver Lake Chorus performs on Friday (Feb. 4, 2011) at the United Methodist Church in Echo Park, 1226 North Alvarado Street. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will go to the United Methodist Church's Community Outreach Program.