HAWLEY - The Wayne Choralaires will be holding their summer concert titled, “Sing! Sing!” in Hawley and Honesdale. These are the second and third shows of the season.
The “Sing! Sing!” concert is designed to emphasize American music and will be led by director, Becky Black, and joined by keyboard player, Cindy Robbins.
Also featured at the shows, will be new subgroup, Choralaires Select, who will perform during intermission.
To kick off the show, the audience will be encouraged to sing along with the United States national anthem.
Immediately following the national anthem, Joe Raposo’s song, ”Sing,” which was originally created for the show, “Sesame Street” will be performed.
Next up will be William L Dawson’s African American spiritual “Ain-a That Good News!” and an arrangement of the folk song, “Billy Boy” by Mark Hayes.
To conclude the first half of the concert, soloist, Alan Sweetman will perform “De Gospel Train”, John Rutter will perform “Down by the Riverside,” and Arthur E. Ward will perform his arrangement of “I’m in His Care.”
Choralaires Select will be performing the Mark Hays song, “I Sing Out” at intermission, with Paul McGinnis as the soloist.
The group, which was chosen and directed by Betsy Black, will be available for other bookings and plans to perform several concerts over the summer at the Ladore Conference Center.
The second half of the show will begin with an arrangement by Harry Simeone titled, “Anthem for Spring.”
Within this piece, the chorus gives praise to the new life which awakened after the darkness of winter.
The tune, which was originally from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” will have solos performed by Dennice Barbour and Julie Emig.
The next three songs planned are “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera,” Joseph M. Martin’s “I Am Love,” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”
Linda Krause and Maggie Black will be playing ukulele for the pop ballad “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which was originally recorded by Elvis Presley.
To conclude the show, there will be a performance of the Neil Diamond song, “America.”
Locations & dates
The second will be held on Sunday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace church in Hawley.
The last show is set to take place on Monday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.
The Choralaires concerts will be presented by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council.
All concerts are free of charge and open to the public. There will, however, be a free-will offering that will be accepted on site.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating at the concert in Central Park.
In the case of inclement weather due to rain, the Honesdale concert will take place in Central United Methodist Church.
For more information, contact Diana MacKinnon at 570-226-6062.
The first concert was held Thursday, June 21at the Ladore Conference Center, in Waymart.