German Village Gazette

Singers hope to perform memorable show

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Wayne Owens, founder, producer and general manager of The Village Singers, plays one of the tunes that will be performed by the Village Singers when the group begins its 12th season with the concert "Memories" Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Memories, which will honor many late great performers spanning several generations, will kick off of the Village Singers' 12th season.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the German Village Meeting Haus. Tickets are $10, available in advance at the Meeting Haus or the day of the concerts. Each performance is projected to last about 90 minutes.

Songs include Frank Sinatra's Fly me to the Moon, Dave Brubeck's Take Five, Louie Armstrong's What a Wonderful World and musical medleys from Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Patty Page.

"There are just so many wonderful entertainers who have passed on," said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the group. "I just wanted to capture some of that music."

Owens will do a solo performance of Buddy Holly's True Love Ways.

Musical styles range from the mellow, such as Cass Elliot's Dream a Little Dream of Me, to the upbeat and sultry Son of Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield, said Karla Wright, director of the Singers.

"That's the fun of music -- you can reach every range of emotion," Wright said. "And that's what this show does: All of your emotions will be touched."

Dialogue will precede some numbers, she said.

"The people we are honoring through their music we're also honoring through facts about their lives many people might not be aware of," Wright said.

In related news, the Village Singers' endowment -- funded by boosters and patrons -- soon will exceed $2,000, meaning the group will be able to start awarding scholarships next year to area children in grades K-12 who want to pursue the arts, not just music, Owens said.

"We need to give back to the community and that's what we're doing," he said.