Oak Ridge Chorus Collaborates with Roane Choral Society and Three Rivers Theatre Company

Oak Ridge Chorus
Watch the recording of the virtual concert here: https://youtu.be/9y2KGsG_FTI

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

&

Roane Choral Society

proudly present

A Livestream Creative Collaboration

with

Oak Ridge Chorus, Brenda Luggie, Director

Roane Choral Society, Brenda Luggie, Director

Three Rivers Theatre Company, Martha Wilkinson, Director

Melony Dodson and Slade Trammell, Chorus Accompanists

 

Karen Kartal, violin, David Odegaard, bass, and Dr. Geol Greenlee, accordion
Tony Cedeño, narrator

 

Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 PM

Click here to watch the recording of the virtual concert.

ORCMA's 2020 strategic plan immediately better serves our membership and better connects our association with our larger community.  The plan also enables all ORCMA concerts to include music by underrepresented composers and arrangers, specifically women and people of color who have been marginalized in our industry.

 

Annie Get Your Gun

Irving Berlin (1888–1989)

Slade Trammell, piano

 

There’s No Business Like Show Business, Arr. Mark Brymer

RCS and ORC

 

                                                           I Got the Sun In The Morning                                                            

Martha Wilkinson, soloist

 

                                                                           Anything You Can Do                                                                         

Garrett Wright and Anna Cox, soloists

 

I Got Lost In Her Arms, Arr. Christopher Alexander

RCS and ORC gentlemen

 

They Say It’s Wonderful, Arr. Katie Farrell

RCS and ORC ladies

 

Fiddler on the Roof

Jerry Bock (1928–2010) and Sheldon Harnick (b. 1924)

Slade Trammell, piano
Karen Kartal, violin, David Odegaard, bass, and Dr. Geol Greenlee, accordion
Tony Cedeño, narrator

 

Fiddler on the Roof medley, Arr. Norman Leyden

            “Tradition,” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “To Life,” “Anatevka”

 

Tribute

Cole Porter (1862–1964)

Melony Dodson, piano

 

A Tribute to Cole Porter, Arr. John Higgins

            “Anything Goes,” “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”

 

West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) and Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)

Melony Dodson, piano

 

West Side Story Medley, Arr. William Stickles

            “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Maria,” “America”

 

Program Notes by Brenda Luggie

 

Annie Get Your Gun celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Broadway debut this summer.  Ethel Merman’s recognizable portrayal of the sharp shooter Annie Oakley became Broadway legend and the lyrics and music of Irving Berlin inspired multiple Broadway revivals of the incredibly successful show, even into the 21st century.  Our concert selections and short scenes reflect the heart of the story, Annie’s uncanny abilities that cause constant competition between her and Frank Butler as the stars of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.  Of course, as is often in a story like this, their dissent turns to love.

 

Fiddler on the Roof, a bittersweet story of family, love, rebellion, and tradition, is one to which we all find a way to connect.  This medley is based on the Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and musically adapted by John Williams.  Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics speak to our senses of confidence in the present (Tradition), hope in the future (Matchmaker), nostalgia for the past (Sunrise, Sunset), and celebration in the unpredictability of human existence (To Life).  Paired with modal melodies and harmonies and driving rhythms by Jerry Bock, this medley of music reaches the very soul of  listeners and performers alike.  We have followed Norman Leyden’s suggestion to add traditional instruments and narration for today’s performance.

 

Cole Porter was a master of lyrics and music, considering the two inseparable.  He began his musical studies as a child and wrote songs that were printed and distributed to family and friends at a young age.  He was class Victorian and sent to Yale to study law, but spent most of his time with music, writing 300 songs before graduation.  He was responsible for dozens of musicals and hundreds of standard tunes considered part of the “Great American Songbook”.  The wit and sophistication evident in his music also served him well in the social circles of New York and Europe in the early 20th century.  He lived to the age of 73, but most of his musical successes, and the focus of the medley on our program today, came during the 1930s with shows like Anything Goes and The Gay Divorce

 

West Side Story continues to speak to social struggles in America today, such as immigration, violence, and racial inequity. 

This arrangement of some of the most popular musical moments of the Broadway show and film adaptation takes some stylistic liberties from the original score, but the unforgettable melodies and lyrics by two of the most acclaimed composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, remain. 


Oak Ridge Chorus 

Sopranos
Phyllis Gonzales
Nancy Hardin
Nancy Mathias
Mary Palmer, Section Leader
Carol Plasil

Diana Turner

Altos
Krista Belding
Michele Callicoat
Becky Chatham  
Sharon R. Jackson
Penny Lukin
Nickie Wolf

Tenors
Roger Johnson, Section Leader   
Clayton Scarborough  

Basses
Larry Boudon
Paul Davis

Roane Choral Society

Sam Leslie
Georgia Dart
Paul Davis III
Krista Belding
Rayvn Smelcer
Matthew Wilkey
Christy Bolling
Barbara Boulos
Amanda Peavyhouse
Sharon Roberts
Michele Callicoat
Laurn Snyder
Derota Potter
Diana Knobloch
Bruce Knobloch
George Wadlington
Louanne Bennett
Clayton Scarborough


Thank you to our supporters.  Oak Ridge Chorus Principal Lead Singers are supported with generous funding from Dr. Chuck Darling in memory of Dorothy Weight.  Concert instrumentalists are supported in part with generous funding from Penny Lukin.  General funding is provided by Betsy Spooner. Professional video equipment to stream high quality video and sound has been provided and utilized by South Harriman Baptist Church, Sam Leslie, and Dr. Matt Waters. Our thanks to Oak Ridge Children's Museum, South Harriman Baptist Church, and Roane County's Princess Theatre for opening their spaces for rehearsals and recording.  Major funding for ORCMA's 2020–2021 season is generously provided by UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spectra Tech, Inc., the Tennessee Arts Commission & TN Specialty Plates, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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