WAYNE COUNTY - "Just imagine what tomorrow would bring if we all sing one song!"
That wish for unity and harmony is the inspiration for this summer’s Wayne Choralaires concerts, entitled "One Song." The Choralaires, under the direction of Patricia Spoor, are now in their forty-third year of entertaining appreciative local audiences. This concert will present a wide range of popular vocal music, from patriotic songs to gospel to show tunes. Performances will be Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m. At the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, White Mills; and Monday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. In Central Park, Honesdale.
A number of area students will be featured as soloists and instrumentalists. Foremost among them is Tim Farrand, who will accompany the group on the keyboard. Tim, who is entering his senior year at Honesdale High School, is an accomplished pianist who studies at the Black Bear Conservatory in Hawley and whose long-range goal is conducting. Tristan Protzman, who is going into his sophomore year at Honesdale High school, will accompany many songs on the bass.
The concert will begin with a singing of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by the concerts’ theme song, "One Song." The soloist will be 10-year-old Mia Land, who is about to begin fifth grade at Lakeside Elementary School. Mia is studying voice with Mrs. Spoor and enjoys singing solos. Next comes an Irving Berlin medley that incorporates "There’s No Business Like Show Business," "Shaking the Blues Away" (with solos by Austin Orthouse and Heidi Schumacher), "Play a Simple Melody" and "Alexander’s Ragtime Band."
Also included in the first half of the concert is the traditional spiritual "Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?" Soloists are Ryan Ordnung, who is going into his sophomore year at Penn State, where he is studying vocal performance, and Melanie Hansen, a well-known local soprano. The men of the Choralaires will sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python’s "Spamalot." Then comes "At Last" with a solo by Stephany Nistad, who is entering Penn State this fall. The first half will wrap up with a rousing rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Two young soloists will perform during the intermission: Austin Orthouse, who recently graduated from Honesdale High School, will sing "Soliloquy" from Rogers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel." Kelsey Frisk, who just graduated from Honesdale High School and who is entering Penn State to study music education, will sing "A Change in Me" from "Beauty and the Beast."
The second half of the concert begins with a hand-clapping gospel song, "Praise His Holy Name," followed by a medley of two silly songs, "This Old Man" and "There Was an Old Man." The women of the chorus will sing "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz." Then will come three inspirational selections, "You Raise Me Up," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" (with a descant sung by Betsy Black) and the U. S. Navy hymn, "Eternal Father Strong to Save." After another Irving Berlin medley, "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" and "God Bless America," the concert will conclude with a reprise of "One Song."
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.