Concert association goes Broadway

Courtesy photos Phil and Sharon Knotts of the Merrimack Concert Association perform “The Song That Goes Like This” from “Spamalot.”

One didn’t have to travel to New York this past weekend to see a show on Broadway, as the Merrimack Concert Association hosted their spring concert at Merrimack High School featuring Broadway tunes on May 13!

The Merrimack Concert Association offers amateur and professional musicians an artistic, recreational and educational experience through the rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music; to provide the residents of the area quality yet inexpensive entertainment. They have been providing musical entertainment in Merrimack for 24 years.

Instrumental and choral soloists performed some classic hits, including Yakety Sax from “The Benny Hill Show,” featuring Brendan Adans (saxophone), Jared Drake (saxophone), John Larsen (tenor saxophone), Stephanie Aubin (baritone saxophone) and Lelia Dutton (piano); “You’re Just in Love,” “Call Me Madame,” sung by Kim Curran, Renee Gregoire accompanied by Mary Jane Bedard; “Miss Celie’s Blues,” “The Color Purple,” soloist Pam Smith; “New York, New York,” Brendan Adams on alto saxophone; “Ol’ Man River,” “Show Boat,” soloist Jim Frens; “Mamma Mia,” Abba style by Ellen Riggi, Heidi Critz-Frens, Pam Smith, Sharon Knotts, Kristin Grant and Dawn Morrill; Theme from “A Summer Place” and “Over the Rainbow,” instrumentalists Sue Werst (flute), Melissa Fogelson (oboe), Kathy Yuhas (clarinet), and Lelia Dutton, bass clarinet; “When you are Good to Mama,” “Chicago,” soloist Renee Gregoire” and “The Song That Goes Like This,” “Spamalo” soloists Phil and Sharon Knitts.

The Merrimack Concert Band performed tunes and medleys including “That’s Entertainment,” “Somewhere,” from “West Side Story,” “Opening Night on Broadway,” “All that Jazz,” “Chicago,” “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” “On Broadway,” “Jekyll & Hyde” and “The Muppet Show” theme. The band, directed by Lelia Dutton, includes musicians Mike Mitchell, Benjamin Richards, Sue Werst, Christine Bellis, Lucia Neumann, Melissa Fogelson, Tom Knudsen, Sandy Hall, Bob LaQuerre, Donna Hastings, Bob Hughes, Kathy Yuhas, Rose Jalbert, John Larsen, Jared Drake, Jamie Sauceir, Meagan Wolf, Stephanie Aubin, Brendan Adams, Sharon Hebert, Eileen Gribouski, Jim Frens, Dennis O’Flaherty, Shane, Sasha and Alex Stylianos.

Video clips from the music selections played on stage behind the chorus as their voices combined to bring pure listening pleasure. Under the direction of Jamie Saucier and accompanied by R. Scott White the chorus performed songs from the comedy “Tonight-A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”-soloists Ellen Riggi and Jack Balcom; “Mister Cellophane,” “Chicago” featuring soloists Mike Bishop, Phil Knotts and Jack Balcom; “All I Ask of You,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Can’t Help Loving that Man,” “Everything’s Coming up Broadway” medley, “Night and Day,” “Gay Divorce,” “The Impossible Dream,” “Man od LaMancha,” “They Call the Wind Maria,” “Paint Your Wagon” and a medley of hit songs from “Oliver.”

Three songs kept the audience in stitches – “The Alto’s Lament,” sung by Kristin Grant and “The Song That Goes Like This,” performed by husband and wife team, Knotts were very entertaining, but the one that caught all the ladies attention in the audience was “Big Spender,” from “Sweet Charity,” sung by the ladies, wearing red boa feathers, as “Big Spender” Jack Balcom strolled around stage throwing some big bills around.

Members of the Merrimack Chorus include Ellen Riggi, Pam Smith, Nicole Hladick, Bonnie Kanin, Sharon Knotts, Tina Lisien, Heather Griebel, JoAnn Rotast, Heidi Critz-Frens, Debbie Coleman, Meg Hamm, Lelia Dutton, Anita Critz, Betty Mulrey, Dawn Morrill, Mary Bishop, Kim Curran, Kathie Potvin, Amy Shields, Kristin Grant, Renee Gregoire, Phil Knotts, Tom Kolb, Lelia Dutton, Jim Frens, Bob Hamm, Jack Balcom and Mike Bishop.

If you are interested in becoming a member of either the Merrimack Concert Band or Chorus please check out their website, http://merrimackconcert.org/

– Submitted by

Mary Pelrine for the Merrimack Concert Association

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