Prescott POPS presents Rogers & Hammerstein classics Sunday at YC
An array of the Prescott area's "home-grown" soloists will take the audience on a trip back in time when they perform in a Prescott POPS Symphony concert, "An Afternoon with Rodgers & Hammerstein," Sunday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
The music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the college's community events office on the Prescott campus. Call 928-776-2000 or visit www.prescottsymphony.com.
Conductor for the music fest is Darrell Rowader, who said the afternoon's music is "meant for listening to. It's very much like you heard in movies. It's enjoyable. It's historical," he said.
Chuck Taylor, who left a career in opera to return to the Prescott area, will sing "I Have Dreamed" from "The King and I" in a duet with Kate Howell, "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific," and "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from "Oklahoma."
Howell, a mezzo-soprano, will sing "Hello Young Lovers" from "The King and I," and two melodies from "Carousel," "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Tennor/baritone Danny Anderson's song list includes "It's a Grand Night for Singing" from "State Fair," "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music," and "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from "Oklahoma."
Michael Nache will be the "official tenor" for the event, Rowader said, and his music fare will include "Younger than Springtime" from "South Pacific" and "People Will Say We're in Love" from "Oklahoma" in a duet with Rowader's wife, Linda.
Rowader's daughter, Christianna, will sing "We Kiss in a Shadow" from "The King and I" and "If I Loved You" from "Carousel" in duets with Nache.
Christianna will also sing "A Wonderful Guy" from "South Pacific" and "Out of My Dreams" from "Oklahoma."
Linda Rowader will also sing "Mister Snow" from "Carousel," "Climb Every Mountain" and this famous movie's title song, "The Sound of Music."
Rowader began his professional career as an operatic tenor in 1981 and, based in Chicago, sang all over the country, he said, as well as in Europe, Italy, France, Germany, England and Ireland. He was also a chorister with the Chicago Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
He and his family had vacationed in Arizona and finally, when they tired of the rain and snow, they moved here and reside in Cherry. He has been an adjunct professor at Yavapai College and now teaches full time at Liberty Traditional School.
On Sunday, "the audience can sit back and soak in the songs as if you were on Broadway," Rowader said.