‘Radio Daze’ tunes in at the college
April 27, 2005
Tom Brokaw’s best-selling book, “The Greatest Generation,” is a reflection of America’s finest men and women who rose to the occasion as World War II erupted, threatening the United States and her allies.
But during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s other talents – musical ones – emerged to forever leave their musical mark. These songwriters set the tone and style in what was truly American from their own generation. Those composers and lyricists left their mark and influence forever.
The Tahoe Choir, now in its 33rd year of public performances, will present “Radio Daze” in three concerts at 8 p.m. May 13 and May 14 and 2 p.m. May 15 in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Community College chorus at the college theater. In a unique radio setting replete with commercials and the voices of that period’s radio personalities such as Jack Benny and Fibber McGee and Molly, the singers will enhance the mood dressed in clothing of their choice from the ’20s, ’30s or ’40s.
Songwriters and their songs such as Harold Arlen’s “Paper Moon,” George and Ira Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You,” Irving Berlin’s Puttin’ On The Ritz” replete with a soft shoe number, Romberg’s ” Stouthearted Men,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia,” Gus Khan’s “It Had to be You,” and Cole Porter’s “In the Still of the Night” are but a few of the immortal, wonderful tunes in incredible arrangements for mixed chorus, men, women and soloists, trios, duets and small ensembles.
Under the direction of Linda Mitchell and accompanied by Salli Parker, the singers’ enthusiasm will certainly spill over into the audience. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Choir members as well as LTCC bookstore will have tickets for sale two weeks before the performance and the box office will open 45 minutes before each of the three performances.