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MVC’s May Pops Concert To Feature Music Of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin

Mohawk Valley Chorus will present its annual pops concert – Gershwin, Porter and Berlin – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Canajoharie High School and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at United Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam.

The concert, highlighting some of the famous pop tunes written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, spans time from 1911 to the 1950s. Featured are Broadway and film music, show tunes, ballads, jazz, love songs and patriotic selections that have set the standards for American pop music of today.

Among the selections for the May concert, directed by John H. Nethaway, are Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, Summertime, ‘S Wonderful, Embraceable You and Swanee; Porter’s Let’s Do It, Just One of Those Things and From This Moment On; and Berlin’s Blue Skies, Steppin’ Out With My Baby and God Bless America.

The Sentimentalists, an MVC sextet, will sing two songs while several numbers feature solos and duets. Those will be sung by Audrey Saltsman George Richards, Melanie Lee, Margaret and Ralph Cook, Lee Ferris, Terrie Jackson, Sue Learner, Mary Ann and Don Ericksen and Mary Pinn. The Canajoharie High School Chamber Choir, directed by Bill Crankshaw, will join the chorus in the finale at the Saturday concert only.

Accompaniment will be Alfred V. Fedak on piano, Toni Riccobono on bass and Leonard Tobler on drums.

Tickets for the concert are $11, general admission, and $8 for senior citizens and students. Children under 12 may attend free, in the company of an adult. They are available, in advance from any chorus member or at Aged and Confused, June’s Hallmark and Old Peddler’s Wagon in Amsterdam. They are also sold at the door for both performances.