The MasterSingers, a 35-voice chorus, will be joined by the voices of about 50 children when singing songs from the movies at its Sunday concert.
“Adults singing Disney music is nice,” director D. Laureen Pickle said. “But kids singing Disney is awesome. So we thought this would be a great concert to add kids.”
The 3 p.m. concert, titled “A Night at the Movies,” is at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo St.
Pickle, who teaches music at Phoenix Academy, 66th Street and Western Avenue, and at Wilson Focus School, 50th and F Streets, invited her students to join the concert with MasterSingers, whom she described as Omaha's premier a cappella jazz vocal group.
The students are excited for the chance to sing with caring professional adults in a concert atmosphere, Pickle said.
“And the MasterSingers are thrilled because they feel, like me, that if we don't instill this appreciation for the arts in younger people, it will disappear.”
The concert program will include “Nobody Does It Better” from “The Spy Who Loved Me”; the theme from “Amistad,” with African dance group Sankofa; “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”; “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio”; and the evening's closer, “You've Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story.”
The adults will sing “Falling Slowly” from “Once”; “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany's”; the title song from “The Way We Were”; and more. The men will sing “Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate.” The women will sing the Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” from “Lord of War.” The kids will sing “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King.”
Pickle said she recalls vividly times from her childhood when she got to perform with adults.
“If the kids never sing again, or perform in public again, I want them to remember this concert for the rest of their lives,” she said. “We don't expect them to become professional musicians, but we want them to be lifelong lovers of the arts.”
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