“Phantom of the Opera-Etta” Soars

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Ray Saar and Diane Ketchie

Ray Saar and Diane Ketchie

Celebrating their twentieth anniversary season, the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, under the leadership of Terry Danne, presented an entertaining evening of operetta classics and popular “Phantom of the Opera” numbers Saturday night at Pierce College.
The first part of the show featured selections from Sigmund Romberg’s “The Student Prince,” sung in a relaxed staging by the ensemble.  Theresa Danne gave a soaring rendition of “Romance” and heartfelt, romantic expression to “Deep in My Heart” in  duet with Andreas Beckett.
The second section focused on songs from “Show Boat” and “Porgy and Bess,” with emotional performances by Jamon Green, Amber Peters, and Dawn Rosales, among others.  Green gave a textured rendition to “Ol’ Man River,”
Peters a delicate, soprano expressiveness to “Summertime,” and Rosales full-bodied, passionate singing to “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man.”
A “HMS Pinafore” medley of comic and romantic songs struck the audience’s funny bone, achieving a warm reception.
The second half of the program featured selections from Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s monster hit “Phantom of the Opera”, with Ray Saar giving an impassioned performance as the Phantom, hitting the high notes with aplomb and flair.  Lu Ann Erickson stole the show as a last minute replacement, revealing a dramatic, emotional expressiveness as the young kidnapped singer.  Saar also sang an emotional “The Impossible Dream” as a tribute to Danne’s work with the Chorale.
The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale presented another fine evening of classic and contemporary choral works to entertain the whole family.
The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale presented “The Phantom of the

“Phantom of the Opera-etta” Saturday, November 14 at Pierce College’s Theatre on the Hill in Woodland Hills.  Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for senior’s, and $10 for children 12 and under.

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