COUNTY - “Music has no walls or bars, it bridges time and space....”
Join the Wayne Choralaires as they celebrate music and summer this coming weekend with their concerts titled “Let Me Be the Music.”
The Choralaires, under the direction of Patricia Spoor, are now in their forty-fourth year of entertaining appreciative local audiences.
This summer’s fare comprises a wide range of popular vocal music, including patriotic songs, spirituals, folk songs, and show tunes.
Performances will be Sunday, June 29, 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley; and Monday, June 30,7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.
Piano accompanist for the concert is Tim Farrand, who just graduated from Honesdale High School and who heads to Penn State this fall.
A number of area students will also be featured among the soloists.
The concert will begin with a singing of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by the jazzy “Get Happy.” Next is “Mack the Knife,” with solos by Jane Bunnell and Jim Mould.
Two spirituals in the first half of the concert are “Rockin’ Jerusalem” and “Wade in the Water,” with solos by Carol Becker, Dennice Barbour and Betsy Black.
Then comes a medley of catchy Abba songs from the show “Mamma Mia.”
Soloists include Maggie Murphy, who is going into the seventh grade at Wayne Highlands Middle School, Johanna Black, who is entering sixth grade at Canaan Christian Academy, Valerie Hyduchak, Kris Murphy, and Melanie Hansen.
The second half of the concert begins with “Turn the World Around,” by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman, followed by the popular spiritual “Deep River.”
Other offerings in the concert include the medley “American Folk Rhapsody,” the lovely “Sing Me to Heaven,” and the concert’s theme song, “Let Me Be the Music.” The concert concludes with “God Bless the U.S.A.”
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 at the park concert. The rain venue for the Honesdale concert is Central United Methodist Church on Church and 11th Streets.