Sunday, June 28, 6 p.m.- Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary, White Mills


Monday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Central Park, Honesdale


It’s summer and time for the Wayne Choralaires’ summer concerts. Entitled “One Song, One World,” this summer’s concerts will include a wide selection of songs, from the silly to the solemn and the sacred to the secular. Performances will be Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, White Mills; and Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.


It’s summer and time for the Wayne Choralaires’ summer concerts. Entitled “One Song, One World,” this summer’s concerts will include a wide selection of songs, from the silly to the solemn and the sacred to the secular. Performances will be Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, White Mills; and Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.
“Java Jive,” a 1940’s tribute to coffee, would have to count among the silly. There is also the exuberant—almost breakneck—“Russian Picnic,” with a solo by Adista Wightman.  Then there’s a version of “The William Tell Overture” that is decidedly different.
A Choralaires summer concert, given so near to the Fourth of July, traditionally features some patriotic songs. This concert will include our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and  “An American Trilogy,” which consists of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” with a solo by Melanie Hansen, “America, the Beautiful,” and “This is My Country.” Also paying homage to our country, and to harmony throughout the world, are “Life Up Your Eyes” and “One World,” with a duet by Meagan Gumble and Brittany Robbins.
Among the sacred songs is “Canticle of Praise” and two rousing spirituals, “Swing Down, Chariot” and the Mark Hayes rendition of “God Down, Moses.”
Finally, there will be tributes to some giants of the Broadway stage. George Gershwin will be celebrated with “Summertime,” from “Porgy and Bess.” “It’s De-Lovely: A Portrait of Cole Porter” highlights four of Porter’s great songs, “It’s De-Lovely,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” with a solo by Carol Becker, “In the Still of the Night,” and “From This Moment On.” Finally, there will be a medley from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” which is now enjoying a revival on Broadway. Soloists for “South Pacific” are Leroy Spoor and Kurt Schulz.
Patricia Spoor, director of the Choralaires, says, “It is a challenge to me, musically and professionally, to come up with a program that is not too easy, not too hard, that the chorus will like (most of it, anyway) and that has audience appeal.” She calls the group “a wonderful group of people.” Returning as accompanist is Martha Heinly, the choral director at Honesdale High School.   
There is no fee for Choralaires concerts, but a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted to help defray the cost of music. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The rain venue for the Dorflinger concert is Queen of Peace Church on Church St. and Chestnut Ave., Hawley, and for the Honesdale concert it is the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House on Church Street just below 9th Street.