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Oratorio Society workshop Saturday gives public a chance to sing show tunes with the pros

This year’s “Together in Song” workshop and concert will bring community singers together with the Oratorio Society of Virginia to rehearse and perform music from Broadway, opera and operetta.

“Together in Song: Music from the Theatre” will begin with a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church at 500 Park St. After the workshop, the community singers will join members of the Oratorio Society of Virginia to rehearse before the 4 p.m. concert.

Michael Slon, music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, will lead both the workshop and the performance.

Singers from different musical backgrounds and experience levels will join forces to learn and perform “Va, pensiero” from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”; “Bridal Chorus” from Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”; “You’ll Never Walk Alone”/”Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” a medley of songs from “Carousel” and “The Sound of Music” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III, arranged by Hayes; “No One is Alone” from “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Higgins; and “One Day More” from “Les Misérables”

Online registration has closed, as the workshop is near capacity, but singers can email Christine Fairfield at execdir@oratoriosociety.org to inquire about remaining spaces. Each community singer will need to purchase a packet of music scores for $10. Concert admission is included in the singers’ registration packets.

All donations and a portion of the workshop and concert revenue will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, which helps teach young people skills they will need to succeed in life, build their self-esteem and prepare them to reach their full potential. To learn more about the organization, its mission and its local programs, go to bgclubcva.org.

Concert tickets are $20; students get in for $10. To buy concert tickets, go online to www.oratoriosociety.org; they also will be available at the door. For details, call (434) 295-4385.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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