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‘Anything you could want is on the menu
MUSIC: SPOTSYLVANIANS ARE SHAKING THINGS UP
BY EDIE GROSS
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
From blue suede shoes to Broadway tunes, there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s Spotsylvanians Spring Concert.
The show next Saturday and Sunday (May 19 and 20) celebrates the community choral group’s 10th anniversary with a variety of music.
“Anything you could want is on the menu,” said alto Margaret Stanchik. “It’s a little bit of everything.”
Under the direction of Alexander Smith, the chorus will perform new arrangements of tunes from Broadway shows, including “Pippin” and “Rent,” country music, an Elvis Presley medley, several spirituals, some favorites from movies like “Pete’s Dragon” and “An American Tale,” and several other numbers.
This year’s theme is “A Bouquet of Love,” and most of the songs touch on emotion, said Smith.
“The bouquet represents the love we’re sharing with the audience through the music,” Smith said. “I just wanted people to get to hear some beautiful music and be happy when they leave.”
The show should last about an hour, he said.
The concert opens with a rousing rendition of “Festival Sanctus,” composed by John Leavitt.
“It’s a powerful thing,” said tenor John Haskins. “It starts out reasonably nice, and we entice the audience to sit up and listen, and as we go on, it gets pretty loud. I’m telling you, that is a zinger. When we get to the end and we start doing our hosannas, it gets pretty exciting.”
The Spotsylvanians, made of 64 singers from all over the region, hold two public concerts each year.
Their Christmas concert is free, but a small fee is charged for the spring show to cover the organization’s expenses.
The group rehearses on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the old band room inside the Marshall Building. They’ve been gearing up for this concert since January, and it will be their last with accompanist Barbara Powell, the daughter of former Spotsylvanians director Stephen Burton.
Smith promises the show will be “high energy” and includes a surprise for the audience and most of the chorus.
“The music is awesome. The choir is ready to go,” he said. “They’re ready to have an audience.”
WANT TO GO?
The Spotsylvanians 10th anniversary Spring Concert takes place Saturday May 19 at 8 p.m., and Sunday May 20 at 3 p.m., in the Spotsylvania Middle School auditorium, 8801 Courthouse Road.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door.
Sweet Harmony from Battlefield Middle School will provide pre-concert entertainment on Saturday, and Belle Musique and Beau Geste from Freedom Middle School will do the same on Sunday.
For more information, visit spotsylvanians.com or call 540/582-8541.
Edie Gross: 540/374-5428