On Saturday, Apr. 11 and Sunday, Apr. 12, the Choirs of Greenbrier East will present “Broadway and Desserts,” an evening of some of the most contemporary songs from Broadway shows. Following the concert the audience will be treated to an assortment of gourmet desserts supplied by The Greenbrier, Rudy’s Corner Grill and Fruits of Labor Cafe and Bakery. The performance will be held at the Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Auditorium and tickets are $8. Concert times are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Each year the choirs present a concert of lighter, more familiar music. “It’s a lot of fun for our audience and students AND it’s an opportunity for us to raise some money for our upcoming trip to New York City,” said Barbara Lutz, director of Choirs at GEHS. “Last year, our concert featured the music of Disney movies. This year, we’ve spent time learning the music of Stephen Sondheim and Steven Schwartz, two contemporary composers whose works have become quite popular with audiences.”
“Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd” (Sondheim) were both transformed into very popular films. The choirs will perform the title songs from both. Steven Schwartz wrote the music for two shows currently running on Broadway – “Wicked” and “Pippin” – as well the musical “Godspell.” According to Lutz, the songs are fun and modern with lyrics that delight both performers and audiences alike. Concert-goers can also expect songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
Rounding out the concert will be songs the choirs are preparing for their adjudicated performance at Riverside Church on the upper west side during their trip to New York in late April.
Tickets are available from any choir member, by calling 304-992-1231, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (leave phone number). Reservations are strongly suggested.