Valentine's Pops is for sweethearts


The Schoharie Valley Concert Band (SVCB) has scheduled two Valentine Pops Concert performances.
The first is on Friday, February 9 at 7:30pm in the Schoharie High School Auditorium with the repeat concert set for Sunday, February 11 at 3pm in the Cobleskill-Richmondville High School Auditorium.
Both performances are open to the public with no admission charge for students.
If you like pops music, you won’t want to miss Conductor Martin Zavadil’s Valentine Pops Concert, which opens with the fast-paced and high-energy blockbuster “Bright Lights!” by Robert Sheldon.
Chelsea Gentner, the Cobleskill-Richmondville Middle School and High School choral director, will be the Valentine Pops Concert featured vocal soloist.
In “A Gershwin Tribute to Love,” Ms. Gentner will sing the themes from four Gershwin Broadway songs: “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Love is Here to Stay” and “’S Wonderful.”
Ms. Gentner, who graduated from Middleburgh Central School, received her Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance at SUNY Purchase and also holds a teaching certificate in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University.
While at SUNY Purchase she performed leading roles in numerous opera productions and has continued her singing while pursuing a career in education.
“A Salute to the Big Apple” is Calvin Custer’s wonderful swing arrangement of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and “42nd Street” from “West Side Story.”
The pops swing beat continues in Jerome Kerns “All The Things You Are.”
“Gee, Officer Krupke” is another lively, vaudeville piece from Leonard Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story.”
Burton Lane’s “Finian’s Rainbow” includes the show tune melodies from “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” and “Old Devil Moon.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” features the mysterious, powerful and intense movie music of John Williams. Composer Alan Menken’s music from the Walt Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast,” will round out the Valentine Pops program.
The Schoharie Valley Concert Band is open to all area residents including high school and college students.
Rehearsals for the band’s spring concert series resume on March 1 from 7-9:30pm on Thursdays at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
For information on how to join the band, contact Ed Truax at (518)925-0745.