Masterworks Choral Ensemble wraps up its 33rd season with a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes on June 14th at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia. The community choir under the direction of Gary Witley will present a lively line-up of Frank Sinatra favorites.
Starting his music career in the 1940s swing era and continuing into the 1990s, Sinatra grew in popularity from an idol of youth to a legend of style. The choir will conjure up his smooth mix of swing and suave with songs like “Night and Day,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “New York, New York.”
“People who know Sinatra will know everything that we sing, “ says Witley, “but there will still be room for surprises in the arrangements. For example, “Blue Moon,” a ballad sung by Sinatra, will be done as doo-wop.”
The program will include the Masterworks Singers ensemble on “That Old Black Magic” and “Just One of Those Things,” and guest soloist Karen Karnes singing “All the Way.” Karnes was the winning bidder for a concert solo during Masterworks’ silent auction in December. The choir will also welcome to the stage youth soloist Alexander Werner on violin. Werner was the elementary school age winner of Masterworks’ Youth Music Competition last May.
In the words of Sinatra’s signature song, “And more, much more than this, I did it my way,” Masterworks will be singing Sinatra their way. Tickets are on sale now at the Washington Center box office, 360-753-8585 or at www.olytix.org.
May 13, 2014/Masterworks Choral Ensemble PSA