THE VOCAL RECORD COLLECTORS' SOCIETY
THERE'S A ASONG IN THE AIR
From 2008 through 2010, Joe Pearce gave a series of programs comprised entirely of songs. There are some in the group who still haven't forgiven him for these, but others who enjoyed them, and he has decided to string along with the latter since it's easier to come up with yet another program of songs than to actually have to think his way through a new subject. But this will probably be his last song program, not only because he has other irons in the fire, but also due to the fact that he heard members at his last program mention water boarding, and this makes him very insecure. As in the past, his program will consist of relatively serious fare (almost nothing far out), but at the time of this writing, he had only just gotten around to planning that program, so that he can offer no hints as to what might be heard. (Well, perhaps a slight hint: Little tributes to Vienna may appear as the evening progresses.) As always, though, a good portion of his evening will be devoted to "light" songs that used to be staples of many an operatic artist's concert or radio repertoire, but which have fallen into a kind of limbo as musical tastes changed, critics decried such material as not worthy of serious consideration, and the world simply ran out of classically-trained vocalists with the style and/or inclination to do them justice. (He really believes that "The Lass with the Delicate Air" is a better fit for a classically-trained voice than is such current encore fare as "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You". Go figure!) As attendees at prior outings will know, Joe tends to favor the tenor voice, so you can be assured that a substantial portion of the program will be devoted to those misbegotten creatures, if only to placate the heathen element of our group, all of whom continue to look to Joe for succor. Many truly great singers will be heard, including a few lesser-known ones for whom he proselytizes on a regular basis, and he will see to it that things stay lively throughout. Also, as usual, he will be handing out some kind of "hint" sheet at the program's start, identifying the artists only just before, or just after, they are heard, but there will be a full printed program made available at the conclusion of his presentation. Hopefully, at that conclusion every attendee will also be receiving a free audio cassette copy of the selections heard to complement that printed handout, but this means everybody will have to remain to the very end (well, nothing is totally free!). Join the Sterner-Stuff Movement and remain to that end, for cowards die many times before their deaths, while the valiant never taste of death but at the VRCS! You can bet the farm on it!
DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011 (THE FIRST FRIDAY)
TIME: 7:30P.M. SHARP
PLACE: CHRIST CHURCH BASEMENT AUDITORIUM
PARK AVE. & 60TH STREET
N. Y. C.
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