It’s summer (at last!), and the Wayne Choralaires are looking forward to entertaining local audiences with their always-popular summer concerts. This summer’s concerts are titled “Pride of America!” and display the great variety of American vocal music, from a Stephen Foster song to show tunes, and from gospel music to a setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star.”


    It’s summer (at last!), and the Wayne Choralaires are looking forward to entertaining local audiences with their always-popular summer concerts. This summer’s concerts are titled “Pride of America!” and display the great variety of American vocal music, from a Stephen Foster song to show tunes, and from gospel music to a setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star.”

    The Choralaires, under the direction of Patricia Spoor, will be accompanied on the keyboard by Martha Curtis, the choral director at Honesdale High School. Performances will be Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, White Mills; and Monday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.

    Looking forward to the Fourth of July, the concerts will start on a patriotic note with “Armed Forces—The Pride of America!” a tribute to the men and women who have defended our country in the different military services; Bob Simons will play trumpet and Dick Kreitner will be the announcer.  Next comes “Stomp Your Foot!” from “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland; Geri Spinoza will join Mrs. Curtis on the keyboard for the four-handed accompaniment of this lighthearted and energetic song characterized as a choral square dance. Another rousing number is Stephen Foster’s popular “Oh! Susanna!” A gospel selection is “Gospel Travelin’,” a medley of “On the Jericho Road,” “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” and “This World Is Not My Home,” while show tunes include “Ol’ Man River” and selections from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” with Betsy Black as soprano soloist.

 

    The Choralaires include a number of high school students who will perform as vocal or instrumental soloists. Austin Orthouse of Honesdale High School will be the soloist for “Ol’ Man River,” while Ryan Ordnung, also of Honesdale, will sing the solo in “Poor Wayfaring Stranger.” Morgan Krom, a junior at Wallenpaupack Area High School, will play electric bass, and Paul Stepchnak, an incoming freshman in Honesdale, will play drums.

    The pariotic conclusion will begin with “Cohan’s Big Three!” a medley of  songs by George M. Cohan that begins with “Yankee Doodle Boy” (“I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”) and ends with “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The final selection will be Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

    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. A golf-cart shuttle will be available at the Dorflinger concert for patrons who would like transportation from the parking lot to the concert area.

    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 Social Room on Church and 10th Streets.