Originally Published: July 26, 2018 8:34 p.m.
Prescott audiences are in for a rare treat when Maestro Darrell Rowader lifts the baton to conduct the Prescott Pops Symphony and Chorus in a program of Cole Porter’s most famous works, presented by Findlay Toyota.
Among the favorites you will hear the ever popular “Night and Day,” “Wunderbar,” “You’re The Top,” and a host of others.
Cole Porter’s musicals dominated the Broadway scene from the late 1920’s to the mid-1950’s. Born into a life of wealth and privilege, he spent the early days of his professional career enjoying the social whirl of Paris in the ‘20’s. A recommendation from Irving Berlin in 1928 resulted in his joining in a musical called “Paris” for which he wrote five songs, among them “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love),” which became his first major success. After collaborating on several productions in Paris and London, Porter moved to New York where success followed success in an enormously productive period of his career. Each new musical could be counted on to bring several outstanding songs.
The show starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100. E. Sheldon St. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $5 for youth and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com or at the box office.
In 1934 Porter wrote one of his greatest scores for the musical, “Anything Goes”, which starred Ethyl Merman and included “Anything Goes,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night” and “You’re The Top.” 1935 saw the introduction of songs, “Just One Of Those Things” and “Begin The Beguine,” which was said to be the longest popular song ever written.
In addition to instrumental and choral performances, the concert will provide an impressive line-up of local performers. Philip Dixon returns after performances with the Sedona Conservatory and the Prescott Chorale. Don Langford has been seen in numerous local productions from “Damn Yankees” to “Young Frankenstein.” Michael Nache has recently appeared in productions of “Les Miserables” and “The Secret Garden” for the Prescott Fine Arts Association. Susan Nelson will be making her debut performance with the Pops in this concert, coming to us with rave reviews from both operatic and popular musical programs. Christanna Rowader divides her time between the Los Angeles scene and local theater productions, including numerous appearances with the Prescott Pops. Toni Tennille has returned from a short stay in Florida to become active with the Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yavapai Master Chorale. Michael Tully has appeared throughout the country in roles ranging from operatic to jazz to musical theater.