The choir’s first ever Vocal Salon was held on September 18-19. The choir room was transformed into a relaxed, intimate nightclub, reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s. Guests enjoyed cocktails and snacks while enjoying the live professional band who accompanied singers. Selections from The Great American Songbook, featured jazz music from the’30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, paying tribute to popular artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, and George Gershwin.
Our gentlemen singers, Luke Chang and Tyler Fricker, decked out in double breasted suits to best channel their inner swankiness, crooned “All of Me” and “That Old Black Magic,” made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Cosby.
The ladies embraced the elegance and grace of the era to deliver heartfelt renditions of “Cry Me a River,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and “The Party’s Over,” made famous by songstresses like Ella Fitzgerald, Brenda Lee, Doris Day, Billie Holiday, and Judy Garland.
The group also serenaded the audience, truly making it feel like a swanky lounge in the era. A highlight of the evening was Zayna JeBailey’s soulful rendition of Nat King Cole’s duet, “Unforgettable,” accompanied by Mr. Audrey Connelly-Candelario, Choir Director.