On Friday, May 10, the Robert Dale Chorale will join with The Doug Smith Jazz Trio to present “A Night at the Oscars,” a cabaret-style program that features songs that were nominated for an Academy award. The program begins at 8:00 pm at Shopland Hall in the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and $7 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent. The Robert Dale Chorale is directed by Dr. Steven Thomas, who is Coordinator of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University.
Drinks and desserts will be available for purchase during the program, which features many old favorites including “Moon River,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Mona Lisa,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Over the Rainbow” and many others. Featured soloists from the Chorale include Kathy Brink, Catherine Carter, Lauren Cuccia, Karen Doughty, Stephen Faubel, Mariane Ferrantino, Patrick Fisk, Matt Grotzinger, George Levandowski, Llewellyn Miller, Evelyn Munley, Alene Olsommer and Kathy Shucosky. The Doug Smith Jazz Trio features Doug Smith on bass, Marshall Kornblatt on piano and R.J. Kennedy on drums. Also of interest is the name that the Chorale will take on beginning next season. The official announcement of the new name will take place during this performance.
“I’m very excited about this program and the opportunity to collaborate again with The Doug Smith Jazz Trio,” said Chorale Music Director Steven Thomas. “There’s so much great music to pick from, it’s been both a challenge and a joy to put it together. And it’s such a fun and uplifting way to end the Chorale’s concert season.” For more information about the Robert Dale Chorale, to reserve tickets, or to order a copy of the Chorale’s CD, please contact the Chorale office at (570) 871-0350 or visit www.robertdalechorale.org. Parking information and directions are also available on the website.
Founded in 1977, the Robert Dale Chorale serves Northeastern Pennsylvania with public appearances, concerts, and other community functions. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present. They have appeared on local television, on WVIA-FM, and on many regional performing arts series. Dr. Steven Thomas has served as Music Director of the ensemble since the 2004-2005 season. The Chorale is supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts, and by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.