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Oct. 28 in New Albany

Night Moves concert has nocturnal motif


The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts on Oct. 28 will host a "dark" performance of seasonal music performed by the New Albany Chorus, New Albany Community Band and New Albany High School a capella choir.

"We typically describe it as 'songs that go bump in the night,' " said Kathy Mayhorn, president of the New Albany Arts Council, which sponsors the annual Night Moves concert. "We choose songs about evening, sleeping, dreaming, nighttime -- songs that have a Halloween feel."

The New Albany Chorus, established by the arts council 19 years ago, includes 24 members from central Ohio, some of whom have been members since the beginning, Mayhorn said.

This year at the Night Moves concert, the chorus will perform:

* All Night Long by Lionel Richie;

* Fire and Rain by James Taylor, featuring soloist Sean Hooper;

* Little Shop of Horrors, from the production by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, featuring Joshua McKinney as director and Bob Westbrook narrating;

* Dream a Little Dream of Me, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn;

* Moonglow, with music by Will Hudson and Irving Mills and words by Eddie DeLange, featuring soloists Lauren McDaniel and McKinney; and

* A choral medley of five songs from The Addams Family, including When You're An Addams, One Normal Night, with soloist Marian Weiss, What If, Just Around the Corner, with soloist Janis Nelson, and Move Toward the Darkness.

The New Albany High School a capella choir has chosen songs with a similar feel, said director Karrie Horton; one will feature the words of poet Edgar Allen Poe in Annabel Lee, set to the music of Robert Young.

"This group typically sings at a really high level of music, at a collegiate level," Horton said.

The choir's performance also will feature traditional spiritual music in My God is a Rock, arranged by Gary Walth, and Papa Loko, a traditional Haitian song arranged by Sten Kallman.

Its other two songs are Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar and Shambala by Daniel Moore.

The New Albany Community Band completes the "idea of a fall/near-Halloween concert," according to director Darren Falk, with songs like Shadows of the Equinox, which Falk said is about the end of summer and the start of fall.

"It paints images of changing leaves, shorter daylight hours and things like that," Falk said.

The La Tregenda is based on a scene in the Giacomo Puccini opera Le Villi in which witches dance, and the band's other two pieces are Vertigo by Chris M. Bernotas and The Old Castle by Modest Mussorgsy.

Falk said the community band has 40 members, most of whom either live or work in New Albany. It includes four high school students.

Tickets for the Night Moves concert are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, available one hour prior to the show at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the arts center, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.