Upscale Singers announcing 2015-16 season
SCOTTSDALE – The Upscale Singers are now in their twelfth season, and their program is growing.
One of their traditions is presenting an annual December concert, Songs of the Season, at the Desert Foothills Presbyterian Church. In the past, they’ve offered last-minute tickets at the door, but last year they were sold out one week before their concert.
So this year for the first time ever the Singers are offering two Christmas concerts: Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. and then their traditional time slot on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m.
Director Margaret Watson has a festive program that moves from fun songs to beautiful carols. Last year’s violinist Marlene Rausch who accompanied the troupe on three arrangements was such a hit that the former Arizona Opera concertmaster returns again to play with the Upscale Singers.
The 2015-16 season continues next spring when the Singers offer their dinner show Back to Broadway. Opening night is at Desert Mountain on Friday, April 8, with the show repeated the next weekend, April 17 and 19, at the Opera House at the Carefree Resort.
Watson’s features favorite classical musicals and then ends with the genre known as “the jukebox musical.” This season’s program starts with the well-known South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof and closes with Beautiful (The Carole King Musical).
Beautiful has been a hot ticket on Broadway since it opened in 2013, and it starts its first national tour this fall. But it doesn’t come to Arizona – so the Upscale Singers give everyone a preview of this latest trip down “juke-box-memory-lane.”
In between these medleys, the Upscale Kids are on-stage, too, performing Peter Pan, with the adult singers continuing with a tribute to Jule Styne, composer of hit shows such as Gypsy and Funny Girl.
You’ll recognize his songs, from “Let Me Entertain You” to “People” to “Time After Time” to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” As Styne himself said, “Any composer who could write for both a Sinatra and a Streisand in one lifetime is lucky.”
The Upscale Singers are used to hearing their patrons exclaim, “This was your best show ever.” But last year they heard a new refrain: “I didn’t want the show to end.”
For more information on the upcoming Upscale Singers season, go online to www.upscalesingers.com.