The Quincy Symphony Chorus presents “Cabaret”

CABARET, the Quincy Symphony Chorus spring pops concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ. Cabaret music varied by country but in the United States it was heavily influenced by jazz and reached its peak during the Prohibition Era.

The QSC version of Cabaret includes a jazz trio featuring drummer Bill Machold, pianist Larry Finley and bassist Aden Eilts. The trio enhances the chorus’s performance of pop favorites including “Black Magic,” “Stormy Weather,” “At Last” and others. The trio will be joined by soloists Lisa Blake, Nicole Conetzkey and Kevin Job performing “torch” songs to give the concert a bluesy, club feel.

The Symphony Chorus will also perform “My Funny Valentine,” “Mister Cellophane,” “When I Fall in Love,” and the title piece, “Cabaret.” Join the Quincy Symphony Chorus for this fun, hip performance.

The Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Robertson, is a regional singing group with members from many generations and walks of life coming together weekly for the fellowship and the enjoyment of making music. The chorus performs three concerts each season, performing traditional choral works, an annual Pops concert, and often joining the Quincy Symphony for larger choral works. The chorus does not rehearse in the summer. Auditions are under way for new members who would like to begin rehearsals in the fall.

Tickets for Cabaret will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance from the Symphony office at 200 N. 8th St., Suite 102, Quincy Hy-Vee stores, or from Sturhahn Jewelers.  The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Thanks in part to support from the Tracy Family Foundation, children 18 and under are admitted free to all QSO concerts, and are encouraged to attend. The performance is made possible in part by Music Sponsor Klingner & Associates, Media Sponsor STARadio WTAD, by the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust, and by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.  Special thanks to our season sponsors, Knapheide Manufacturing Company and Blessing Health System.

The $250 early bird drawing for the QSOA fundraising raffle will be held at the end of intermission.  Raffle tickets are for sale for $10 each or 12 for $100, and are available from any chorus, orchestra, Encore!, or board member.  The $1,000 grand prize drawing will be held at the Quincy Symphony’s Orchestra’s “QSO Legends” Finale Concert on April 12.  The winner need not be present at the drawing.  Raffle proceeds will support the many programs of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, including the Youth Orchestra, Youth Chorus, Concerts for children, Choral concerts, and Quincy Symphony Orchestra concerts.  Visit the website or call the Symphony office for more information 222-2856.