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Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra to perform Oct. 26

Friday, October 17, 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will bring the sounds of "Broadway, The Great White Way," to Terre Haute, 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26.

The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Hippodrome Theatre, 727 Ohio St., Terre Haute.

Kathy Anderson will sing "You'll Never Walk Alone," from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel."

Anderson is currently the choir director at Terre Haute South High School and has performed with the Community Theatre of Terre Haute, Indiana State University Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony and Impact Productions. She has a Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University and also studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

A newcomer to Terre Haute audiences is Valerie Higbee, a music major at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, who will sing "Night and Day," by Cole Porter, and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," from the Broadway show "Evita." Higbee toured Italy with the St. Mary-of-the-Woods Madrigals and has also performed at numerous festivals and weddings.

Featured performers also include dancers from Willey's Academy of Dance Studio, who will dance to "Intoxication of the Waltz," by Johann Strauss Jr.

Many of the selections for the concert are from landmark musicals that influenced how musicals were written and performed for many decades.

The concert will begin with music from "Shuffle Along," the first Broadway show to feature a story line with music and dance. Another first for the musical was that it was written, produced, directed and sung by African Americans in 1921. There will also be songs from "A Chorus Line," by Hamlisch and Kieben, the longest running Broadway show.

The playlist also includes some of the best-known tunes from "West Side Story," the Broadway show that incorporated many operatic concepts based on the story of "Romeo and Juliet."

The narrator for the concert will be G. Roderick Henry, President/CEO of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra is composed of professional and amateur musicians throughout the Wabash Valley.

Founded by the late Earle R. Melendy in 1991, the Sinfonietta is now under the direction of James N. Chesterton. Rodney A. Foster is assistant conductor.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and may be purchased at the door the day of the event.

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