|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019||CONTACT: Diana Landau
“MUSIC I LEARNED AT THE MOVIES”
Concert to Benefit Lower Cape Outreach and Chatham Chorale
Chatham, MA / February 14, 2019 – The Chatham Chorale teams up with redoubtable Cape crooner Larry Marsland in a benefit concert of favorites from the silver screen, for soloist and chorus. The concerts will benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council (Marsland is its executive director) and the Chorale, and will take place at Brewster Baptist Church on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, both at 3:00 pm.
“The choristers and I are delighted to join forces again with Larry Marsland, a gifted and impassioned vocalist and one of our outstanding community leaders,” says Music Director Joe Marchio. “No one knows this musical repertoire better than Larry, and we’ve worked together to come up with a program that will have audiences humming their favorites as they leave the concert.”
Opening the program is a less familiar piece that will win hearts: John Williams’s lilting and joyful “Exsultati Justi” from Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. Williams is also represented by the touching “Somewhere in my Memory” from his Home Alone soundtrack. Marsland is featured on classics like “Swinging On a Star” (the Bing Crosby hit from Going My Way), “Smile” (by Charlie Chaplin, from Modern Times), “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca (but do you know who composed it?), Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You under My Skin” from Born to Dance, and more. There’s a taste of the memorable music written for Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio. The tuneful program wraps up with a Sound of Music medley and that greatest of all movie tunes, “Over the Rainbow.”
Cape Cod’s own Renaissance man, Larry Marsland has sung professionally since childhood, attended Barnstable High School, and worked in advertising for 23 years on his way to becoming a singer, actor and playwright. He has written six plays, including Panama Club, a musical about a Hyannis nightclub and its young patrons at the start of WWII. His diverse roles as an actor include Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (Falmouth Theatre Guild); George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Chatham Drama Club); Roy Cohn in Angels in America (Cape Cod Community College); and the title role in Jekyll &Hyde(Academy Playhouse.) He is well known for his one-man musical shows, such as Only Wounded: Songs of Peter Allen, Strictly Sinatra, and Night Falls in Emerald City about Judy Garland.
Marsland also is the longtime CEO the Lower Cape Outreach Council, one of our most essential community nonprofits. LCOC provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and support services to nearly 2,000 Cape Cod households.
“I’m really happy to be working again with the dedicated singers of the Chatham Chorale and their talented leader, Joe Marchio,” says Marsland. “Some of our best-loved songs made their debuts in movies, and the ones on this program have stood the test of time.”
The Chorale and Marsland will be ably accompanied by pianist Donald Enos (keyboardist for Cape Symphony), percussionist Mark Prall (also of CSO), and the Quartett Giacosa: Heather Goodchild Wade, violin; Irina Fainkichen, violin; Irina Naryshkova, viola; and Elizabeth Schultze, cello. The women string players met while playing with Cape Symphony and have performed in several Chatham Chorale programs since forming the Quartett.
Chatham Chorale is one of Cape Cod’s longest-established choral ensembles, for 48 years presenting an annual concert series with programs ranging from choral masterworks to Broadway, pops stylings, and premieres of new works by regional composers. The Chorale also regularly collaborates with the Cape Symphony—for example, in the annual Holiday Pops concerts—and sings in service to the community.
All tickets to these special benefit performances are $35; they can be purchased at www.chathamchorale.org/tickets, by phone (774-212-9333), or at the door the day of the concert. For more information, visit www.chathamchorale.org.