By Jonathan Lerner
This yearâs âNot Quite Cabaretâ will feature songs from American composers as well as musical numbers from âThe Wizâ next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Rugby. The first half of the show will feature Bel Canto and the Chamber Singers in a more typical concert setting, while the second half will feature rock songs and musical numbers.
Bel Canto will sing hymns like âAve Reginaâ and more classical-leaning pieces, including some in German. Chamber Singers will perform more American-themed music like âShenandoah,â arranged by Mack Wilberg, and âO, Susana,â an all-male number arranged by Jonathan Crutchfield.
The second half of the concert will feature songs from Broadway musicals like âSeasons of Loveâ from âRentâ and âEase on Down the Roadâ from âThe Wiz.â
Additionally, the choirs will be singing a choral rendition of âPinball Wizardâ from the Whoâs seminal rock opera âTommy.â
âPinball Wizard is one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and to be doing it at my final choral concert is amazing!â Ryan Martin-Patterson, a bass in Chamber Singers, said.