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Gala Choral Evening Of Broadway Show Tunes

Originally Posted: March 21, 2011

Choral Society of the Hamptons presents “It Might As Well Be Spring: An Evening on Broadway” at Guild Hall. (Christine Newman)

Bridgehampton - The Great White Way, or to be precise its music, will come to the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton on Sunday, March 27, when the Choral Society of the Hamptons presents "It Might As Well Be Spring: An Evening on Broadway."

The concert, at 5 p.m., will be the chorus's first at the John Drew. It a departure from the classical repertoire for which the society has won increasing acclaim, and promises to lift the spirits of those who love show tunes as the spring season gets under way

The soloists, Lilah Gosman, soprano, and Dominic Inferrera, baritone, are at home in many musical genres - from opera and contemporary classical music to pop and jazz. They appeared together in a winning program last winter in Montauk. Inferrera was a Choral Society soloist in "Carmina Burana" and the Mahler Second Symphony. The chorus and soloists will be accompanied at the Steinway by Milos Repicky, a member of the Metropolitan Opera's music staff.

If can be said that the Broadway legends Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin wrote the score of the 20th century. The program will move backwards in time, presenting some 30 favorites, starting with Lerner and Loewe and culminating with a stirring arrangement of the music from "Porgy and Bess."

"It Might as Well be Spring," from "State Fair," which inspired the title of the concert, is part of a Rodgers and Hammerstein medley, while a Cole Porter tribute and "Porgy and Bess" will highlight the soloists.

Gosman, a Montauk native, is the daughter of the late Suzanne Koch Gosman. Her father, William Gosman, is a Choral Society bass.

She has appeared as Zerlina in "Don Giovanni," Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro," and Echo in Straus's "Ariadne auf Naxos," among other operatic roles. She also was Soprano in Philip Glass's "Einstein at the Beach," has sung in major festivals, been featured in performances at the Kennedy Center and Whitney Museum, and, recently, in a musical review at the Waldorf Astoria.

Inferrera's versatile credits are as varied as Escamillo in "Carmen" and The Son in Hugo Weisgall's, "Six Characters in Search of an Author." The baritone also has been The Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass." Other oratorio performances include the Brahms and Faure Requiems and Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Gosman and Repicky have worked together numerous times, most recently in a recital of music by Felix Mendelssohn. Repicky is a conductor as well as a pianist. Among the many operas he has prepared for the Met are "Otello," "La Traviata," "War and Peace," "The Magic Flute," and "From the House of the Dead." He recently prepared "The Bartered Bride" for a joint Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard production. He also has performed in recital, on radio, and been featured in a television documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. A native of Slovakia, he was raised in France and Canada.

Under the direction of Mark Mangini, who will conduct "An Evening on Broadway," the Choral Society has challenged and topped itself with one acclaimed concert after another. It expects to present Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor at its next concert, in collaboration with the Greenwich Village Singers, which Mangini also directs. As a community organization, the society entertains nursing home residents and hospital patients, and it awards annual scholarships to high school students hoping for vocal careers.

Tickets to the concert are $35 at the door ($25 in advance) or $50 for preferred seating and a pre-concert reception in Guild Hall's Green Room. Wine at the reception will be from Springs Wine and Liquors.

The concert will be followed by a benefit dinner for sponsors at the Living Room, the restaurant at the Maidstone, across Main Street from Guild Hall, where James Carpenter, the chef, follows "slow food" precepts. Wines from Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton will be served.

For more information go to www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org, where tickets can be purchased using PayPal, or from Veronika Semsakova, executive director, at 631-204-9402. Tickets are also available at the Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

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