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NWC News Desk

Familiar movies, jazz and classics all in one concert Saturday, April 30

Posted April 20, 2016
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyoming — The Northwest Civic Orchestra and Master Chorale will give the music season a send-off in a 7 p.m. concert featuring a little something for everyone Saturday, April 30, in the Nelson Performing Arts Center on the Northwest College campus.

The performance is also a swan song for Master Chorale director Anissa Bree and the accompanist, Karen Bree. The two will bid farewell to the group as they leave to pursue other endeavors.

The singers salute the coming season and their departing leaders with a program of old and familiar tunes designed to make a singer of everyone in the audience. They’ll lead off with “A Tisket, A Tasket,” made famous by Ella Fitzgerald in 1938, and “Summertime” from Gerschwin’s “Porgy and Bess” opera. Fittingly, they’ll include “Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’” and then move to “Route 66” by Bobby Troup. The group swings off stage with “Basin Street Blues” and “Java Jazz.”

The orchestra is up next under the baton of Maurine Akin. They’ll start with a rousing “Slavonic Dance” by Dvorak, followed by the first movement of Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5. Also on the program is a suite from the popular “Downton Abbey,” a nostalgic look at the original “Star Wars” movies and everyone’s favorite at weddings, the Pachelbel Canon in D.

The program closes with “Sing, Sing, Sing,” a Bach’s fugue and highlights from “Jurassic Park.”

Following the performance, the audience is invited to a reception honoring the Brees. It will be held in Room 29 of the Nelson Performing Arts Center and also offer an opportunity to meet the chorale and orchestra musicians.

General admission to the concert is $7 for adults; senior citizens pay $5. NWC students and children 12 and under are admitted free.