Mr Bassman sings the greats
Thursday, 22nd May, 2014
On Sunday afternoon the Philharmonic Choir will present their first concert of the year at the Musician’s Club Auditorium and the last for bass singer Will Pearson.
“It Had To Be You” will start at 2.30pm and features music from The Great American Song Book.
This is not an actual book but a catch-all phrase used to describe the most enduring and influential American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s composed by the likes of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
For Mr Pearson, who has been a valued member of the bass section of the choir for several years, this will be his last concert before he retires and leaves Broken Hill in late June.
He will be one of the featured soloists and will sing the ever-popular “Ol’ Man River” and “Without a Song”. The other choir soloists include Sandra Warren and Diane Cotterill.
Talented local flautist Kyla Vine will be the guest artist for the show, playing bright and breezy tunes by Henry Mancini alongside the society’s veteran accompanist Joy Harrison.
Also featured will be Hailey Cox, who has family connections with the choir, being the great grand-daughter of Joy and grandchild of bass singer Chris Harrison. Hayley will perform “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
Since early February, the choir has been working hard in collaboration with musical director Diane Cotterill and accompanist Marilyn Harris.
They are looking forward to presenting a varied line-up of easy listening and smooth jazz standards, including “Tea for Two”, “I Got Rhythm” and many others.
Tickets for the concert are available at the door for $15 adults, $12 concession and $8 children.
“It Had To Be You”
Musician’s Club Auditorium