IRON MOUNTAIN - The women's chorus, Noteworthy, will celebrate the music of Broadway legends Stephen Sondheim and his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, in its upcoming concert, "Bling and Sing with Stephen Sondheim" on Saturday, May 19, at the Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available Cuisine Art and Dickinson Area Partnership in Iron Mountain, at the door, or by calling Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at 877-746-3999.
A benefit for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, this concert is a prelude to Pine Mountain Music Festival's production of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" on July 13 and July 15 in Houghton.
Noteworthy, the only women's barbershop chorus in the Copper Country, is recognized for its lush tonal quality and intricate, a cappella harmonies. This rich array of show tunes has added new depth to its barbershop repertoire.
Sondheim songs on the program include the sassy "Let Me Entertain You" and standards "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Together Wherever We Go," from his 1959 musical "Gypsy"; and "Send in the Clowns," a poignant lament made famous by folk singer Judy Collins. Pianists Susan Byykkonen and Monica Rovano will provide accompaniment for the haunting "Children Will Listen," from the 1986 musical "Into the Woods."
Also on the program is "Broadway Baby" from Sondheim's Follies and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," written by Eddie Green and popularized by the singer Bessie Smith in 1927.
A top lyricist and producer, Hammerstein teamed up with many composers, most famously with Richard Rodgers, with whom he wrote many musicals, including "The Sound of Music." He also mentored young Sondheim after the divorce of the boy's parents in what would be one of the most high-impact apprenticeships in musical theater. Sondheim went on to win an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, a Pulitzer, and the Lawrence Olivier Award.
Noteworthy will sing a selection of songs from "The Sound of Music," including "Climb Every Mountain," "Edelweiss" and "The Sound of Music." Another favorite "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel," is also on the program.
Marcia Goodrich will perform "I Know Things Now," Little Red Riding Hood's reflections upon being eaten by the wolf, from "Into the Woods." And Bonnie Horn will sing her own adaptation of "Not While I'm Around," the wistful song of a boy wishing to protect his mother figure, from Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd."
To mark the occasion, Noteworthy's members will be adding "bling" by replacing their standard concert garb with fancy dress, including sequins, rhinestones, satin, and sparkles. "We wanted to reflect some of the excitement of this awesome music," said Noteworthy Director Joan Petrelius. "We're also proud and honored to be singing on behalf of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, which brings absolutely wonderful entertainment to our area."
Noteworthy was formed in 1996 under the direction of Theresa Goodell, a retired music teacher. Under her care, the eight-member group grew to nearly 30. Petrelius took up the baton in July 2010, after Goodell's retirement. A retired band and choral teacher, Petrelius quickly embraced the barbershop style, and Noteworthy has continued to thrive under her direction.