Our incredible Brazos Valley Chorale will close out its wonderful season Saturday night with California Dreamin', a light-hearted concert and fundraiser with music by Leonard Bernstein and some of the biggest hits on the Billboard music charts. A variety of desserts will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM '56 Equine Center at Texas A&M. The center is located at 3240 F&B Road at the intersection with Harvey Mitchell Parkway.
Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance at bvchorale.org or sending a check to the Brazos Valley Chorale. P.O. Box 10644 in College Station 77842.
All season long, the Chorale has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth, so it is fitting the final concert of the season will include three selections by the American legend:
• Tonight, from West Side Story, Madelyn McLemore and Tom Vogel, soloists.
• Take Care of This House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
• One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story, featuring the Chamber Singers and soloists Bethany Smith and Alan McIntosh.
In addition, the Chorale will sing Frank Wildhorn's Once Upon a Dream from the musical Jekyll & Hyde, as well as three Justin Hurwitz songs from the popular film La La Land:
• Someone in the Crowd, featuring the Chamber Singers, with soloists Joy McCoy and Alan McIntosh.
• City of Stars, with soloist Larry Lippke.
• Audition (The Fools Who Dream), with soloist Anne-Dorothe Davis.
Wait, though, there will be so much more, including Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton, Route 66 by Bobby Troup, That's Entertainment by Arthur Schwartz, Dream by Johnny Mercer, In Dreams by John David Earnest, Glow by Eric Whitacre, concluding with Hooray for Hollywood by Richard A. Whiting.
In addition to the great music, there will be a silent auction.
Members of the Brazos Valley Chorale include:
• Soprano -- Suzanne Black, Michelle Hablitz, Cathy Hansen, Lauren Holtmeier, Merly Hughes, Layne Lampley, Patricia Lassiter, Jennifer Le Grévellec, Chris Mabe, Sue Mace, Janelle McDeavitt, Madelyn McLemore, Janet Morford, Betty Munion, Rebecca Schloss, Bethany Smith, Sue Stecher, Doris Stovall, Elizabeth Surovic, Jamyl Walker and Mari Ward.
• Alto -- Catherine Barr, Michelle Bogart, Constance Brown, Laurie Clark, Jan Cleveland, Stacey Cody, Pam Coleman, Anne-Dorothe Davis, Heidi Frazier, Rebecca Frazier, Debbie Ginn, Jackie Girouard, Becky Hall, Kristen Harrell, Cathy Holste, Kay Kipp, Anna Lichorad, Mary Nan Linnstaedter, Laura Mann, Jane Marsh, Joy McCoy, Evleen Nasir, Mary Ellen Pate, Trish Peddicord, Rita Jane Radecki, Rachel Scholz, Barbara Sutton, Lonny Tanel, April Todd, Alyson Vaaler, Pam Wiley, Judy Winn, Kathleen Wolfenden and Joy Wurzbach.
• Tenor -- Bob Bruce, Chris Caffee, David Case, Greg Gammon, Sue Geller, David Holler, Jim Holste, Ben Huey, Larry Lippke, Robert Marcotte, Jon Marner and Kenneth Scholz.
• Bass -- Tom Carlisle, Joshua Cook, Ernie Goetz, Tyrone Gormley, Brian Kaspar, Sam Koenning, Alan McIntosh, Mikael Olsen and Tom Vogel.
These talented singers volunteer their time and tremendous talent to bring such wonderful music to the Brazos Valley. They don't get the recognition they deserve, so be sure to thank them Saturday night at the California Dreamin' concert.
The Chorale's artistic director/conductor is Don McAvoy, benefactor relations officer for Methodist Children's Home in Waco. He holds a BA in Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown and a master's degree from Luther Seminary at St. Olaf College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Miguel Sousa, a native of Portugal, is Chorale accompanist. In addition, is accompanist for the Texas A&M Century Singers and Women's Chorus.
MSC OPAS closes out its Intimate Gatherings series Wednesday and Thursday with humorist Jeanne Robertson, who turns her everyday life a hilarious dialogue with the audience.
Southern Lady magazine said, "There's just something striking about Jeanne Robertson. Maybe it's her beauty queenesque good looks. Or maybe it's that she's six-feet-two inches tall. Regardless of what it is, once you hear her speak, you'll remember her -- that is, if you can quit laughing long enough to catch your breath."
Robertson's appearances are at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Rudder Theatre. Tickets are $41 and $60, available at the MSC Box Office on the first floor of Rudder Auditorium, by calling 979-845-1234 or online at www.MSCOPAS.org.
A former Miss North Carolina, Robertson is on her Rocking Chair tour. She has released eight DVDs and three books. She appears regularly on SiriusXM satellite radio and has more than 49 million YouTube views.
Among her family friendly anecdotes are "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked," and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store."
What a great MSC OPAS season this has been. Stay tuned for the public announcement of the new season at the end of May.
• Today through April 29 -- The Psychic, Navasota Theatre Alliance, 104 W. Washington Ave. in downtown Navasota, today, Saturday and April 29 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7 p.m. $7 to $14, available at the door or online at navasotatheatre.org.
• Today through May 6 -- Big, the Musical, The Theatre Company, behind JoAnn Fabrics in Bryan's Tejas Center, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $7 to $20, available online at theatrecompany.com or at the box office one hour prior to curtain.
• Wednesday through April 29 -- The Undertaking, This Is Water Theatre, starting at Square One Downtown Bryan Event Center, 211 W. William J. Bryan Parkway and moving to four other Downtown locations, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 p.m. April 29. $30 minimum ticket donation, must be ordered at thisiswatertheatre.com by noon before each performance.
• Through June 9 -- Hometown Teams, Brazos Valley African American Museum, 500 E. Pruitt St. in Bryan, Tuesdays through Fridays 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (www.bvaam.org)
• May 4-12 -- Willy Wonka jr., Brazos Valley TROUPE. (bvtroupe.com)
• May 5 -- Brazos Civic Orchestra spring concert, Margaret Rudder Theater at Rudder High School in Bryan, 7 p.m.
• Through May 13 -- Joseph Henry Sharp: Visions of the Past, Forsyth Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Free (uart.tamu.edu)
• Through June 2 -- Bits and Bytes: The Innovation of Home Computers, Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in side the Brazos Center in Bryan, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and children. (www.brazosvalleymuseum.org)
• Every Sunday -- Open mics and poetry slams sponsored by Mic Check Poetry, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Café in Downtown Bryan, (miccheckpoetry.com)
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