First published in the May 12 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
To this very day, the classic musicals of Lerner and Loewe — and the timeless songs they wrote for them — remain the epitome of the great American art form, musical theater.
The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present favorite Lerner and Loewe songs in the original orchestrations, with full 60-piece orchestra, in a live in-person as well as broadcast concert on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 1:30 p.m. The program will consist of favorite songs from the musicals “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Camelot,” “Gigi,” and, of course, “My Fair Lady,” considered the most perfect musical of all time. Accompanying the music will be a multimedia program including video excerpts from the musicals.
Every song is a hit, from “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Camelot,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Heather on the Hill,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “Gigi,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Loverly” and “I Could Have Danced All Night,” plus many others. In all, the choir and soloists will present more than 25 songs by Lerner and Loewe in an afternoon of music for people of all ages.
Prior to the concert, at 1:30 p.m., Jack Lantz, LCPC’s Director of Music and Worship Arts, will present via the same broadcast a pre-concert lecture on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe plus humorous anecdotes about writing and producing their musicals.
The concert is free. La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. Masking and proof of full vaccination are required for everyone attending LCPC concerts as well as all staff and artists working the events.
Free child care will also be provided for young children. For those who cannot attend in-person, the concert and pre-concert lecture will be livestreamed. Use the following link to watch: live.lacanadapc.org
Worship services are now conducted in-person and are streamed on Sundays at 9 a.m. (traditional style) and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary style).