Singout at Searstone
[from the HOT SHEET] Twenty-three men in blue took to the risers Monday [9/17] night as the General Assembly Chorus performed for an appreciative audience at Searstone Retirement Community.
Under the direction of Larry Triplett, the chorus opened the set with No, No, Nora from the spring repertoire, followed by the Irving Berlin classic Cheek to Cheek and the Randy Newman tune, I Will Go Sailing No More.
Never Home 4 quartet followed with Chances Are and Zippity-Doo-Dah where, once again, thanks to Bill Andrusic, Mr. Bluebird disappeared in a cloud of feathers.
Then it was back to the chorus for For Sentimental Reasons, followed by a pair of contest songs: L-O-V-E, in development for the 2019 contest, and the Hank Williams classic Hey, Good Lookin’ from the 2018 contest set. The second set finished up with Bare Necessities from the 2018 Spring show.
Ringtones then stepped forward for their turn in the spotlight, and did not disappoint. Audience favorites Java Jive and What a Day for a Daydream were followed by a special guest appearance from Vern Pike, Searstone resident and recently retired from the General Assembly Chorus. Vern stepped in at tenor as the quartet sang a couple of polecats, Wild Irish Rose and Sweet and Lovely.
The chorus closed out the evening’s music with Billy Joel’s The Longest Time and the ‘60s hit Happy Together from the summer repertoire, and finished with the gospel uptune I’m Feeling Fine.