The Concord Orchestra, directed by Richard Pittman, presents a festive Pops performance of light classics, jazz, and show tunes.
Maureen McMullan performs the premiere of Benard Hoffer’s arrangement “A Johnny Mercer Songbook” and leads a sing-along of music from Roger and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music”. Ms. McMullan is a Scottish soprano trained in classical and contemporary music. She has sung professionally in many styles including jazz, pop, folk, musical theater, R&B, and oratorio. She is assistant chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music.
Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) was a prolific lyricist with a career spanning half a century. He collaborated with many of the great song writers of the day as well as writing his own songs. For his medley, Bernard Hoffer chose familiar jazz standards “That Old Black Magic”, “Out of this World”, “Laura”, “Blues in the Night”, “Skylark”, “Midnight Sun”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Moon River”, “Goody Goody”, and “Something’s Gotta Give”.
The orchestra also performs John William’s “Theme from Harry Potter”, Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1, Suppé’s Light Calvary Overture, and Richard Roger’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”. Principal clarinet Grant Anderson performs the Rondo from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.
The performances feature table seating, refreshments and a cash bar. Come early before the music starts to be first in line to purchase some delicious snacks and beverages.
Performances are at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord on Friday, May 17 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for adults are $27 in advance or $30 the day of the performance; tickets for students under 21 are $10. For tickets and information, call 978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.