'Wizard of Oz' inspires upcoming Plainville choral concert

Published on Monday, 15 April 2019 21:27


PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Choral Society’s spring concert, “No Place Like Home,” will be held April 26 and 27 at the Middle School of Plainville.

The performance, under the musical direction of Greg Wilfrid, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on both days at the school at 150 Northwest Drive.

According to Wilfrid, members of the group expressed an interest in performing music from “The Wizard of Oz,” which then “brought the idea of the eternal truth that there’s no place like home.”

“Can you imagine being alive before that became a saying?” said Wilfrid. “It is so heavily woven into human life at this point, and so many songs began sticking out to me when I thought of finding other music for the show. Longing to be home, the joy of returning home, what defines a home, so much music speaks to any of these thoughts.”

Wilfrid said that the program will “inspire you to hold close your ideas of home” - be it a building one lives in, the people they have surrounded themselves with, the nation their family originated from and more.

“Through the eyes of Paul Simon, The Wiz or Dorothy herself, we will revisit some of our favorite music together in this spring production,” said Wilfrid.

The program will also feature music from well-known musicals such as “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast,” “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady,” a medley from “The Wizard of Oz,” traditional folk songs like “900 Miles” and “Home on the Range” and old standards including “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey”, “Sentimental Journey” and more.

Kelly Sharp of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts will be performing with a group of approximately 40 members from Plainville, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, West Hartford and other area towns. Chris Kuzia from the YWCA in New Britain will be providing her choreography talents.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets purchased at the door will be $18.

Tickets can be bought from any Plainville Choral Society members, or at Dancingly Yours, the Plainville Senior Center, Saint’s Restaurant in Southington and Family Barber Shop.

Tickets can also be bought online at pcsmusic.net.

For more information, contact Michael Fox at 860-477-8000.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Plainville on Monday, 15 April 2019 21:27. Updated: Monday, 15 April 2019 21:30.