Greetings to all my faithful readers. I hope you are all alright after the wind storm of last night and all the fires and smoke. This edition of the History Corner is a two parter.
First I want to add a little bit more about our performance at the GALA Festival in Denver in 1992. As you can see from some of the photos there were lots of bananas. One of the songs we performed was "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" from the Busby Berkeley musical "The Gang's All Here." It was sung in the movie by Carmen Miranda and I highly recommend that you check it out on YouTube for a good laugh which we all can use. Anyway our own beautiful and talented Beth Yates was our Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat and we had our own banana dancers who surrounded her as she sang.
We began our set with the "Most Unusual Day Medley" which was arranged by our AD, Pat Parr. It started with "It's a Most Unusual Day," then "The Trolley Song,", then "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" sung by the sopranos and altos, "I Said No" sung by the tenors and basses and finished with "Georgie Girl." Next up our jazz octet, Menage, sang "Let the River Run" by Carly Simon. Our finale was as I described above. At this Festival each chorus performed their set twice so I remember after the first performance running to the second theatre to get set for our second one. There were 70 of us who were to sing along with our fearless leader, Pat Parr. We all had a great time as you can imagine.
All Creatures Great and Small - November 5 & 6, 2016.
This concert was presented at a new venue for us - the Community Music Center at 544 Capp Street. I did not sing in this concert so I do not have a program for it. I had shoulder surgery in October although I did attend all rehearsals up to that time.
Our AD, William Sauerland, came up with the idea for this concert to sing songs about and for animals. A couple of the songs I remember we sang were "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "I Talk to the Animals" from the musical "Dr. Doolittle." Another good thing I remember from this concert is that it was the first one that our new chorus manager, Joie Ray Cohen, was in charge of the door at this venue.
I think I will write a bit more about Menage for the next edition so stay tuned.
Love to all, Michael Lucero