The Sun City Chorus and Orchestra will present its spring concert, “Steppin’ Out,” May 11-13, at Magnolia Hall, 118 Sun City Lane in Sun City. The public is invited.
Performances are 7 p.m. May 11-13 and 2:30 p.m. May 14.
Art Hansen, director, and Lorraine Hansen, assistant director, have selected contemporary arrangements of favorites that may evoke a range of emotions and seasoned memories, as well as toe-tapping surprises.
Love in its many forms is celebrated. There’s romantic love in the iconic, sweeping, “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.” Vern Conway, chorus vice-president and longtime member, said, “Each time we begin rehearsals, I soon find myself caught up in the magical poetry of music. When I sing words like ‘in the morning mist two lovers kissed and the world stood still,’ I’m not an old man, but a fourteen year-old receiving his first real kiss.”
Setting the tone for romance, fun and a little rock ’n’ roll is Freddie Mercury’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” There is also the reflective thought-provoking “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon, with “people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening.”
Be prepared to “kick your knees up, step in time” as the singers and instrumentalists gift the audience with an energetic number from Broadway’s “Mary Poppins.”
There’s also a nod to life’s challenges and occasional heartaches as the ensemble performs the popular tunes “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Next on the program, the performers share a contemporary gospel-swing style arrangement of “The Glory of Love” that declares, “You’ve gotta laugh a little, cry a little, until the clouds roll by a little.”
A current arrangement by Mark Hayes of Al Durbin and Harry Warren’s standard “I Only Have Eyes For You,” asserts, “I don’t care if it’s cloudy or bright, ’cause I only have eyes for you.”
Highlighting the instrumentalists, the orchestra renders favorite selections from composer Henry Mancini and a medley from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Songs affirming love, resilience and assurance promise to leave listeners with an upbeat message and a spring in their steps.
Tickets are $27 and can be purchased at Magnolia Hall box office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased also via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843-941-9729. For more information, visit facebook.com/SunCity