It’s been two years since Durango Choral Society has been able to host its ultimate date night, A Choral Society Cabaret.
Now it’s back and, said DCS Executive Director/Conductor Linda Mack Berven, it’s going to be bigger than ever – including a dinner buffet and drinks.
“We’ve picked out a menu that I think everyone’s going to love. And we’re going to have wine on the table sponsored by Star Liquors,” she said. “We’ll have plenty of red and white wine on the tables.”
The show is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 22 – a Sunday this year, which is by design – not only will people get to gather for Sunday dinner, they will also get home early enough to prepare for the week ahead. Also, the evening will be held this year in the ballroom in the Student Union at Fort Lewis College. Mack Berven recommends attendees plan to arrive at 5 p.m. at the latest: Dinner will begin at 5, and the show will start as the meal is winding down, around 6, she said.
As far as the show, this year’s going to be a doozy: Along with the usual array of soloists, Mack Berven said there will also be performances by the Durango Women’s Choir and special guests, the men from the Durango Chamber Singers. Jeff Solon’s Jazz Combo, featuring Solon on sax, Ben DeBelina on bass, Jack Maynes on piano and John O’Neal on drums. Mack Berven’s joining in a piano duet.
“The music ranges from, the title of the Cabaret this year is called ‘Get Happy,’ and so we’re actually going to open with a really cool arrangement of ‘Get Happy’ sung by the Women’s Choir.” she said. “And the music ranges from Donizetti to Gershwin and everything else in between, including ‘Blue Moon’ and we have ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from ‘South Pacific.’”
Also expect to hear “Under African Skies” by Paul Simon, “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller/Harry Brooks.
There will also be a silent auction and a display of the history of the Choral Society with trophies and photos.
“We’ve been doing the Cabaret for many years. This is our major fundraiser of the year,” she said. “People are really going to be treated to an elegant, beautiful dinner and a really excellent show.”