‘Sundays at 3’ concert showcases broadway hits

Published Feb 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

The next performance in the “Sundays at 3” series at St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, with an all-Broadway concert.

“Best of Broadway” features classic selections from American musical theater, along with well-known contemporary favorites. The concert contains “a wonderful selection of Broadway music from all eras,” notes Sybil Preski, a member of the show’s choir.

“Our 22-voice choir, soloists and accompanying instrumental combo have outdone themselves preparing this terrific program, and we couldn’t be more excited for their performance,” according to the parish’s concert committee. Choral numbers on the program include “There’s No Business Like Show Business” by Irving Berlin and “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter, as well as selections from the shows “Motown: The Musical,” “Hairspray,” “Sister Act” and “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical.”

The choir includes sopranos Bethany Beeman, Beth Bushaw, Cathy D. Frank, Jillian Lalonde, Terri Murphy-Hall, Colleen O’Neil, Mariah Taylor and Anna Zumbrun. In the alto section are Ashley Beeman, Kae Marie Edick, Kari Edick, Candace M. Evans, Emma Preski, Sybil Houser Preski, Kathleen E. Skavina and Connie van Hoesel. Singing tenor are James van Damme and Sven van Hoesel, while baritones are Jacob Carissimo, Jon Carissimo and Kevin O’Neil, with Jim O’Rourke singing bass.  

Featured on solo vocal numbers are Jon and Jacob Carissimo, who will sing the duet “Agony” from the show “Into the Woods,” Jillian Lalonde performing “She Used to be Mine” from “Waitress,” sisters Bethany and Ashley Beeman singing the duet “What is This Feeling?” from “Wicked,” and Anna Zumbrun performing “Journey to the Past” from “Anastasia.”

Also featured is organist Jack Kempf on music from Phantom of the Opera, and Rev. James Tormey performing Memory from Cats as a piano solo. The Best of Broadway Combo will also be featured on a jazzy instrumental version of The Lady is a Tramp, from the show Babes in Arms, by Rodgers and Hart. Combo musicians are Jack V. Chesebro III and Richard DeLutis, trumpets; Darryl Sleszynski, saxophones; Elizabeth Trotter, bass; Patrick O’Neil, drums.

The show’s musical director is Andrea Falvo, a choral director in Rome. She serves as director of music, art and technology for Rome City Schools. Suzie Abreu, a music teacher in Rome City Schools, is accompanying the choral numbers on piano. A number of Rome music educators are participating in Best of Broadway, including pianist LeAnna Guerrieri, who accompanies the featured soloists, and choir member Beth Bushaw.

The concert’s admission is free and the public is welcome. Free will donations are collected at the door which benefit the church’s community food pantry (In Mission of the Christ Child), which serves needy individuals and families in Rome on an on-going basis.

A complimentary post-concert reception will be held in the Msgr Culkin Social Hall to which all are invited at the conclusion of the show.