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