Select Ensem­ble sur­prises with pop-up per­for­mance at Acme

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Per­form­ing a par­ody of a par­ody, the Select Ensem­ble of Queen Anne’s Chorale caught shop­pers off-guard, Satur­day, Nov. 15 at the Cen­tre­ville Acme with a pop-up per­for­mance of “O Lit­tle Town of Cen­tre­ville.”

Un­der the di­rec­tion of Robert Hunt­ing­ton, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Chorale, the group en­deav­ored to get shop­pers in an early hol­i­day spirit.

Hunt­ing­ton took his in­spi­ra­tion from P.D.Q. Bach the fic­ti­tious com­poser in­vented by mu­si­cal satirist Peter Schick­ele, who com­posed mu­sic much in keep­ing with the style of the orig­i­nal com­poser Bach while lend­ing an air of com­i­cal re­arrange­ments to many clas­sic pieces.

The Ensem­ble im­plored shop­pers to par­take of the hol­i­days with the lyrics, “Saint Nick is on his way ... then gifts ga­lore to Ch­ester and Church Hill he will bring ... He toucheth down in ev­ery town, O lit­tle town of Cen­tre­ville wake up ‘tis time to check out all the things he brings ... to drink your fill ... and back to sleep again.”

The sur­prise per­for­mance was a pre­view of the Queen Anne’s Chorale “Hol­i­day Flour­ish” con­cert set for Satur­day, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege in Wye Mills. The show is ded­i­cated to the lov­ing mem­ory of found­ing mem­ber Kathy Draper, and for­mer mem­bers will join the cur­rent Chorale for a spe­cial trib­ute.

“The show is guar­an­teed to put you in the Christ­mas spirit,” said Hunt­ing­ton.

Af­ter leav­ing Cen­tre­ville, the group trav­eled to Ch­ester to fur­ther spread their song. Mem­bers of the Select Ensem­ble in­clude Ellen Helms, Kathy Hays, Joe Schultz, Kit Buck­ing­ham, John Turner, Bon­nie Nel­son, Barry Oren, John Hauprich, Eric Van­der­lin­den, Sharon Balling, Nancy Stanford and Tim Aland.

Tick­ets are $15 for adults and can be pur­chased from any Chorale mem­ber and in Cen­tre­ville from Draper Brothers; Our Mother of Sor­rows Catholic Church, contact Ann Foss; and Saint Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, contact Ar­line Mayer. Chil­dren through high school are ad­mit­ted free,

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

The Select Ensem­ble, part of Queen Anne’s Chorale, gives a sur­prise per­for­mance, Satur­day, Nov. 15 at the Cen­tre­ville Acme.

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