On Saturday, May 5th we had our year-end choir concert, Puddles & Pastries. This was a concert and fundraising event for our programs and services to the community. We had a total of 48 performers listed on the program, and unfortunately 7 missed the performance. But wow, 41 singers on stage at the KPAC Theatre filled the space with joyous sound and the audience was uplifted and full of music!
The evening had a beautiful turn-out from the public, with many community members coming to indulge in the beautiful music and incredible dessert buffet that was put together by our members. Allie Dokken, a member of our Youth Show Choir, was the MC for the night.
The program included performances by the Piccolo Junior Choir (ages 5-7) who sang seven rain songs from around the world in English, German, Catalan, and Croatian. The Bravura Children’s Choir (ages 8-11) performed a variety of rain songs including CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” a Caribbean classic “Don’t Let the Rain Come Down,” and “Mangwani Mpulele,” a traditional South-African song. The Youth Show Choir (ages 12-15) also performed several songs including an arrangement of the traditional Japanese folksong “Murasame,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl, and the iconic “Over the Rainbow.” The Community Singers Mixed Choir, our adult program, performed a variety of rain songs which included an arrangement of Jan Garret’s “I Dreamed of Rain,” Irving Berlin’s “Isn’t this a Lovely Day (To be Caught in the Rain),” “I Can See Clearly Now” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain.” The Show Choir joined the ladies from the Community Singers with a very fun rendition of “It’s Raining Men” near the beginning of the concert. All choirs took the stage at the end of the show for the finale number, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Between the music, the desserts, an opening singalong round, and a set of rainy day trivia questions, the event was a wonderful time had by all! What a great way to finish off our fourth season, and a refreshing lead into the summer and planning for 2018-19.
Thank you to the many sponsors who made all of our events in 2017-18 possible, and for the public and performers for continuing to show your dedication to the performing arts in our community!