On Saturday evening the 10th, we drove to the UWM area to the handsome Plymouth Church for the winter concert of the Cream City Chorus, with whom several of our friends sing. The theme of this concert was "Saturday Night at the Movies," featuring songs from films (or in one case, which should have been in a particular film). The chorus was in very good voice, with only one regrettable incident of detectable off-key-ness. Their new director, Paula Foley Tillen, seems to work well with the group and has improved their "tightness" significantly. This concert had a good sense of fun as well, as they started off with a vocalization of the famous 20th Century Fox fanfare, and introduced each piece with some lead-in dialog from the movie it was from, including, in the case of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow," a complete chorus of "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," done in very creditable Munchkin voices! Highlights, in my opinion, included "Pure Imagination," from "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and Mozart's "Alleluia from Exultate, Jubilate," which was featured in "Amadeus." Both showed off the chorus's good voices and musicality. In the second half, "Vincent" ("Starry Starry Night'), which wasn't in "Lust for Life," but could've been, was similarly beautiful, and a blended medley of songs from "Music Man," "Lida Rose" and "Will I Ever Tell You?" showed both skill and a sense of fun.
As always, we had a very good time. Their next performances will be a spring themed concert on April 17, also at Plymouth Church, and the Eighth Annual "Gay Cabaret" titled "True Stories" on June 19, 2004 at the Village Church.