Central Coast Chorale presents Mardi Gras Concert Party

The Central Coast Chorale is planning a fantastic Mardi Gras Concert Party once again this year on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo)

Join the Central Coast Chorale for a festive evening of choral music, a Mardi Gras Concert Party! The concert will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 25 — Fat Tuesday — at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport, 227 NE 12 St.

As always at their Mardi Gras concerts, the musical line-up will feature spirituals, this year including Moses Hogan’s “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” and Mark Hayes’s jazzy version of “Go Down Moses.” The choir will add a bit of Southern gospel with “Down in the River,” which many people will recognize from the Coen brothers' movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.” Reflecting the African roots of New Orleans jazz, this year the choir is performing a Xhosan folk song, “Dubula” complete with some South African dance moves. There will be a little Caribbean flavor with “Mardi Gras Mambo.” And, of course, jazz will have a prominent place in the program with choral arrangements of Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” Harold Arlen’s “That Old Black Magic” and Mac Huff’s take on “Old Devil Moon” from “Finian’s Rainbow.”

The evening will begin with a warm-up from special guests, The Shoreline Stompers, playing Dixieland arrangements of audience favorites from previous concerts such as “The Sweet Georgia Brown Hallelujah Chorus.” Later in the concert, the Stompers will play Forrest Fisher’s original arrangement “A New Orleans Journey.” The Stompers and the Chorale will join together on the ever-popular “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Regular Central Coast Chorale concertgoers will remember how the Stompers, all members of the Lincoln Pops Orchestra, brought the house down at the last Mardi Gras concert.

Women of Note, the chorale’s female octet, will be featured in Blue Rondo and will also add a little Southern accent to the concert with their rendition of Roy Orbison’s classic “Blue Bayou.”

 The whole evening will conclude with a classic New Orleans style second line parade to the tune of “Second Line March” with the chorale leading the audience into Geneva Hall where there will be an array of decadent, eat-em-before-Lent-starts, delicious desserts available for purchase.

A donation of $10 is suggested for admission. After the concert, there will be a dessert buffet fundraiser along with a silent auction of an impressive selection of items from local craftspeople and businesses. For more information, email [email protected] or call Chorale Director Mary Lee Scoville at 541-563-6830.

The Central Coast Chorale has been bringing choral music to Oregon’s Central Coast since 1997. Based in Newport, they draw singers from up and down the central coast, from Lincoln City to Yachats. For more information about the chorale please visit www.centralcoastchorale.com.