The Sedalia Chorale’s spring show, slated for April 30 at the Heckart Performing Arts Center, has added new and upcoming talent to this year’s schedule of events plus a special recognition to local arts promoter Sue Heckart.
“We are doing it big-time different this time,” Sedalia Chorale Director Britt Faaborg said. “We have invited musical groups from the (Smith-Cotton) junior high and the high school to join us.”
Joining the Sedalia Chorale concert will be the Sedalia Middle School sixth grade Show Stoppers directed by Levi Hudnut, the SCJH show choir directed by Jan Sproles and the SCJH Jazz Band directed by Stephen Broadbent.
The SCHS Jazz Band directed by Grant Maledy will perform as well as an ensemble from the high school’s choral department directed by Anna Wooderson.
Faaborg added that a local group of adult musicians, the Sedville Jazz Combo, will also play at the event.
“We decided to do this because we wanted to feature the different school groups,” Faaborg said. “There are some audiences that will see maybe one group or maybe they will see a choral but they won’t hear the instrumental and vice versa. We just wanted to bring everybody together for a concert and feature them. We are going to try and put most everybody together at the end for a big finale number.
“We are also paying tribute to Sue Heckart,” he added. “That’s why we are calling it an Evening at the Heckart. It’s a tribute to her for everything she’s done, as far as the arts, here in Sedalia.”
During the evening the Sedalia Chorale will perform a wide variety of musical numbers including “old standards” plus some gospel and spiritual numbers.
“We’ve got a small group of ladies that are doing three songs from the group Celtic Woman,” Faaborg noted.
Heidi Brymer will be the accompanist for Chorale’s performances.
“This is our spring fling, if you will, we just wanted to change it up,” he said. “There’s been a lot of changes with the Chorale. We’ve gained a lot of members, we’re over 40 now. We’ve grown considerably, we’ve got a lot of new people and some younger people. That’s really, really helping.
“We just decided to do some things differently and this is one of the things we’re doing different,” Faaborg added. “Everybody’s been totally on-board with this … it’s going to be a good thing.”
An Evening at the Heckart will be hosted at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School. Tickets are available at Wilken Music, 207 S. Ohio Ave., Instrumental Influence, Inc., 3127 W. Broadway Blvd., The Liberty Center Association for the Arts, 111 W. Fifth St., Backwoods Guitar, 1601 S. Osage Ave. or through any Sedalia Chorale member. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Students kindergarten through junior college are free with a paid adult admission or with a student ID.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.