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Over the Rainbow
April 13 Victoria 7:30 pm
Celebrate Hollywood’s MGM Musicals including Easter Parade, Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and Annie Get Your Gun. Memories of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.
Silver Jubilee 1987-2012
Liven up your life.
Welcome to the Palm Court Light Orchestra’s 26th Season. Our Silver Jubilee last year was a great celebration and this season we are continuing that celebration. We have concerts that will appeal to a wide range of tastes from pure palm court to the best of the American musical.
We start the season in November with Downton Abbey. Inspired by BBC TV¹s awarding winning series that gives a glimpse into British Victorian and Edwardian society. It features music from WW 1, the Titanic, and the world of Upstairs, Downstairs and is the most “palm court” of all our concerts. We are pleased to welcome young Sidney tenor Sunny Shams who’s solos will include Handel, Bizet, Sigmund Romberg, and a selection of Edwardian ballads made famous by John McCormick.
Our next concert entitled Rhapsody in Blue is in February 2013. It sees the return of acclaimed San Francisco ragtime pianist Frederick Hodges. This time we are presenting the music of George Gershwin and the American Song Book. Expect to hear selections from Porgy & Bess, tunes like Embraceable You, A Foggy Day, Fascinating Rhythm and Swanee. Add to this the music of Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers and you have some of the greatest melodies ever written.
In April, 2013 we pay tribute to the age of the MGM musical. Entitled Over the Rainbow it features film musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun. Helping us with memories of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire will be mezzo soprano Kathryn Whitney.
Charles Job, Founder/Conductor
What is Palm Court Music?
Palm Court music brings forth images of potted palms, gracious grand hotels and ballroom dancers in elegant evening dress. The Palm Court Light Orchestra typically plays popular light classics from the early 1900s as well as marches, ragtime, and musical gems from the early days of cinema, between the two world wars. It is best described as light-hearted music that sends you home smiling!