One Night Only: the music of The Gershwins

Story and Photos by Pat Krause

Michel Childers produced his One Night Only performance a the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts on April 18th. The theme this year celebrated the music of The Gershwins. The best of Broadway and Hollywood performed for a sold out crowd again this year. The concert benefits Jewish Family Services of the Desert.

Topping the list of performers this year were Lucie Arnza, Ann Hamption Callaway, Michelle Lee and Jason Graae. Other notables that have performed at this concert were Alix Korey, Marilyn Maye, Valarie Pettiford, Loretta Devine, Carole Cook, Freda Payne, Other singers included, Lypsinka, Gary SHaw, Rex Smith, Von Smith, James Snyder, Billy Stritch , Nina Whitaker,Brandon Victor Dixon, Rogelio Douglas, jr. Elissa Hurley Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, David Burnham, Brent Barrett, Bradley Baker and Angel Blue. Each of these performers are very well known and have been givens many awards.

Some of the songs were S’Wonderful, Oh,Lady Be Good, Embraceable You,I got Rhythm,The Man I Love, Summertime and Somebody Loves Me. The guests gave a lot of Standing Ovations for these and other songs. The finale brought streamers down on the performers as
they all filed on stage.

The evening of Song was one of the best ever. Songs ranged from more pop tunes to operatic material. Each person brought something new to the stage. Carol Cook brought her comedic talent along with Lypsinka. A musical skit was performed by Jason Graae and Alix Korey. The vocals were amazing, ranging from a baritone to a soprano. The final songs were accompanied by the Voices of Calvalry Choir.

President of the Board of Directors is Donald Levy and Executive Director is Michelle Anstadt. They expressed their thanks to all the efforts of the people invovled in making this night such a success.

Honorary Co-chairs included Annette Bloch, Barbara Keller, Helene Galen and Harold Matzner, Event co-chairs were Barbara Fromm and Sherry Schor. Calvin Remsberg directed the performance with Ron Abel as Musical Director and Ken Katz as Executive Producer.

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