Spring is the season of rebirth, and so it is fitting that the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus shares the stage with more youthful counterparts during the annual “Boyz to Men’’ concert, taking place Sunday in Wellesley.
Saengerfest, a choir of about 75 men from Greater Boston, is notable for its many seniors; the median age of its singers is 69. But for the past three years, Saengerfest has invited teens and young men from area schools and colleges to join forces for its spring concert, a multigenerational celebration of male voices ranging in age from 15 to well over 80.
Tim Borchers of Medfield, president of the chorus, was still young by the group’s standards when he joined it at age 50, but his story is typical of many of the members.
“I was a music major in school and became a lawyer. I had been singing in mixed choruses for many years, but fell in love with this group, which is made up, by and large, of men who are not trained musicians but have a passion for singing and performing choral music,” he said.
And Borchers suspects his secret prejudices when he first met the group were typical as well.
“You come in with preconceptions, thinking that because they’re older maybe they can’t hear well enough to stay on pitch, or maybe their voices have become hoarse. But I had a chill-up-the-spine moment when I heard their sound. And I so respect the fact that these men in their 70s and 80s stay active doing something they love and do well.”
Holding an annual multigenerational concert to include younger men in the mix was the brainchild of longtime Saengerfest director Michael Driscoll, who himself knows a thing or two about the potential of young voices through his other role, director of choirs at Brookline High School.
“Part of the mission of Saengerfest is to support and encourage youth to sing throughout their lives,” Driscoll said. “This annual concert is an interesting way to demonstrate to high school and college singers that you can find opportunities to continue singing even once you leave school.”
Among the student groups that will appear in “Boyz to Men” this weekend is a boys’ choir from Natick High School.
“It’s really important for young men to know that singing is an attainable activity to take part in,” said Tyler Turner, Natick’s director of choral ensembles. “Sometimes at the high school level, kids feel like this is just not a cool activity. This kind of concert exposes the kids to other school and college groups similar to theirs. And in addition, when you sing alongside an adult men’s choir, you get some perspective on how singing could be something you do for the rest of your life.”
One young man who definitely hopes to sing that long is Richard Conaway, a Natick High senior and copresident of his school choir. This will be his third time performing with Saengerfest, and he values the experience.
“It is amazing to perform with an adult choir,” he said. “It is awesome to hear them sing and then sing with them. It’s an enriching experience for us, and I find it so inspiring that they have all kept up with their singing, even after college.”
The concert, featuring Saengerfest along with the Boston Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, the Natick High School Men’s Choir, and two groups from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, takes place at 3:30 p.m. at Village Church, 2 Central St. in Wellesley Square. Tickets are $25 ($5 for students with a valid student ID), and can be purchased at www.saengerfest.org.
SCULPTURED MUSIC: Celebrating its 35th year, the Rivers School Conservatory has commissioned six Boston-based composers to create works of music inspired by Jaume Plensa’s “Humming,” a sculpture at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.
Next Tuesday, the conservatory presents the six works — by composers Howard Frazin, John McDonald, Benjamin Pesetsky, Adam Simon, Tom Schnauber, and Matthew Woodward — in a concert at the museum. The program includes an interactive discussion with the composers about each of the pieces.
The museum and grounds at 51 Sandy Pond Road will open at 5:30 p.m. for preconcert hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 781-235-6840 or go to www.riversschoolconservatory.org.
SINGING CELEBRATION: Family-friendly singer and songwriter Liz Buchanan celebrates the release of her third CD, “Once Upon a Tune,’’ with a concert and singalong Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. in Arlington.