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Chorale’s ‘Blast From the Past’

Fundraiser: Event celebrates the music of the 1950s and 1960s

Posted: January 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.

“These Boots are Made for Walkin’” is performed by members of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale at the annual Cabaret and Cabernet fundraiser.

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It was a true “Blast from the Past” as the Santa Clarita Master Chorale held its annual Cabaret and Cabernet fundraiser to benefit the musical nonprofit.

Select members of the 50-plus-voice Chorale donned retro costumes and sang their way through an evening that celebrated the music of the 1950s and 1960s.

“Steven Applegate, the director of this production, has done a great job of putting this together,” said Allan Robert Petker, artistic director of the chorale. “There’s so much talent in this chorale.”

Rob Douglas, master of ceremonies, channeled an old-time disc jockey as he kept the action moving during the event held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

The evening began with a salute to the music of the 1950s, which included Leslie Garman, Marybeth Margrave and Christine Traveres singing “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Sarah Hamor followed with the Doris Day hit, “Que Sera, Sera,” and Janet Hedke sang the 1954 smash, “Earth Angel.”

Dean Smith entertained with “Chantilly Lace.”

Tavares then returned to the stage, singing “Since I Fell for You.”

Mike Andrews brought down the house with his campy version of Elvis Presley’s 1956 hit “Hound Dog.”

Before intermission the men of the chorale offered up Sam Cooke’s 1958 chart-topper, “Wonderful World.”

After a buffet dinner and silent auction, the music of the 1960s headlined the second half of the show.

Leslie Garman opened with “Respect,” the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit.

Cara Kowalczyk followed with the 1967  Peter, Paul and Mary number “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane.”

Linda Bonar sang “Downtown,” the 1964 song made famous by Petula Clark.

Andrew Heath offered up the 1965 Beatles hit, “Yesterday.”

“Crazy” — a 1961 song made famous by Patsy Cline — was performed by Marybeth Margrave.

Gary Janney entertained the crowd with the 1968 Stevie Wonder song “My Cherie Amour.”

The show closed with two showstoppers.

A trio of men dressed in long sequined gowns earned laughter and applause as they performed “Stop in the Name of Love” the 1965 hit from The Supremes.

The chorale women took the stage in mini skirts and boots to stomp out “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” — the 1966 Nancy Sinatra sensation.

“We really appreciate the support of the community,” said Sherry Klahs, Chorale board chairwoman.

The chorale was founded in 1998. It offers three concerts a year with works selected from all periods of choral repertoire.

The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Brahms and Barber,” 3:30 p.m. March 25, and “Let Music Fill the Air,” 3:30 p.m. June 3, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. For more information visit www.scmasterchorale.org.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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