The Central Coast Chorale will celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras Concert Party on Tuesday, March 5, featuring special guests The Shoreline Stompers.
The choir will perform several classic African American spirituals, two arranged by New Orleans native Moses Hogan and one from Jester Hairston, who is perhaps most famous for his arrangement of “Amen” in the movie “The Lilies of the Field.”
The audience will also be treated to the driving rhythms and thrilling final chords of “The Battle of Jericho” and the call-and-response solo work of “In Dat Great Gettin’ Up Morning” featuring tenor David Sampson. Chorale member Forrest Fisher will step out from the tenor section to add a wailing soprano sax line to Hogan’s arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Adding a jazzy note, the chorale will perform arrangements of “Tuxedo Junction” and “That Old Black Magic”
The evening will begin with a warm up from special guests The Shoreline Stompers, playing Dixieland arrangements of familiar tunes such as “Bill Bailey.” Later in the concert, the Stompers will play Forrest Fisher’s original arrangement “The Ode to Joy, Joy, Joy,” a mashup of Beethoven, Handel and Three Dog Night.
Women of Note, the chorale’s female octet, will perform a folk tune, “Mouth Music,” drawn from Gaelic traditions and sung during weddings, dances, chore times or just for sport. This arrangement by Dolores Keane and John Faulkner combines astonishing verbal acrobatics with direct, heartfelt harmonies to create an irresistible musical experience. Women of Note will also be singing a piece by great American composer Aaron Copland. “Zion’s Walls” is part of the Copland’s famous “Old American Songs” series.
The whole evening will conclude with a classic New Orleans-style second line parade to the tune of “Oh When the Saints,” with the chorale leading the audience into Geneva Hall where there will be an array of decadent, eat-’em-before-Lent-starts desserts available for purchase. There will also be a silent auction for hand-decorated Mardi Gras masks.
Tuesday’s concert starts at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Newport, 227 NE 12 Street. A donation of $10 is suggested for admission. For more information, call Chorale Director Mary Lee Scoville at 541-563-6830 or email email@example.com.
For more information about the chorale, go to www.centralcoastchorale.com.