Music from Heart   November 14, 2015

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 Valley Choral Society presented Music from the Heart: Melodies from the Met to MGM, an evening of dining and song at Generations of Indian Valley banquet facility in Souderton. The 160 attendees were treated to a tasty sit-down dinner prepared by Christopher Lutz, one of our own. Seven talented members of the chorus including director, Patricia Conrad, and aptly accompanied by assistant director and accompanist, Andrew Long, entertained with solos, duets, a quartet and entire ensemble numbers. The group opened with “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “They Say (that falling in love) It’s Wonderful”. The music varied, with opera arias “O Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Pat , “Amor” offered by Kirk Walters, and a 16th century love song “Amarilli” by Dick Lampe.

Each of the singers performed solos from musical productions such as BrigadoonMy Fair LadyPal Joey, South Pacific, and the musical film, On the Town. There were many Broadway melodies such as “Broadway Baby” from Follies, belted out by Alexis Cuff who donned a feathery boa around her neck and “Being Alive” from Company. She and Peter Hemperly joined in sharing “The Colors of My Life” from Barnum. Darcy McConahy voiced music from West Side Story. Jay Poko gave a heartfelt rendition of  “There But For You Go I” from Brigadoon, Pete sang “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific. Kirk, Dick, Pete, and Jay blended in the barbershop quartet number Lida Rose from Music Man, surrounding Pat while she sang along. The finale featured a medley of pieces that Valley Choral will perform at their free March Pops concert, “Sentimental Journey”, which showcases music of the 1940’s. Audience members gave the singers and accompanist a rousing standing ovation, in appreciation for an enjoyable and memorable musical event.

— Camilla Lange