Movie Music Makes Its Way To Phs

The Payson Choral Society performs at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the PHS auditorium.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

The Payson Choral Society performs at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the PHS auditorium.


This Saturday, the Payson Choral Society will present its annual spring concert in the Payson High School Auditorium. The show is titled “Let’s Go to the Movies.”

There will be 50 of our local 20-year-old choral society members on hand for two separate concerts, with show times for the matinee at 1 p.m. and the evening show at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the two-hour presentation.

John Landino, choral society member told me, “This is going to be a wonderfully nostalgic concert and we’ve really enjoyed putting it together. We’re going to take the audience through a 70-year musical journey, featuring some of the best songs that have ever appeared on the silver screen.

“We’ll take you from the 1930s ‘Cheek to Cheek’ (sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers as they danced in the 1935 movie ‘Top Hat’) through 1982’s ‘Up Were We Belong’ (a duet sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes in ‘An Officer and A Gentleman’ starring Richard Gere) to this century’s ‘Accidentally in Love’ (sung by the Counting Crows in the 2004 animated blockbuster ‘Shrek 2’).”

The Payson Choral Society is one of the many Rim Country benevolent organizations with members that always have our area youth in their hearts. All of the proceeds from its Christmas and spring concerts go to providing two $1,000 music scholarships to high school students and two $500 scholarships to middle school students.

“If you’d like to join our choral society,” said Landino, “we’d love to have you. We’re always looking for new members.

“We’re holding an audition on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. If you love to sing and have a good time, can hold a tune and enjoy giving back to the community, we’d love to have you join us.”

On to this week’s music trivia question.

One of the songs that we’ll be hearing at this Saturday’s concert is “Hushabye Mountain,” a tender ballad by the song writing team Robert and Richard Sherman. It appeared twice in the 1968 Albert R. Broccoli motion picture “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” first as an idyllic lullaby by character Caractacus Potts to his children and later when the children of Vulgaria had lost all hope of salvation.

This week’s question is: Was the actor who played the part of Caractacus Potts and the singer of “Hushabye Mountain” in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” A) Marvin Gaye; B) Frankie Valli; C) Dick Van Dyke; or D) Cliff Potts?

Hint: This multi-talented celebrity was born Dec. 13, 1925. He is renowned as an actor, comedian, writer and producer, with a career spanning six decades.

In addition to his lead in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” he starred in the films “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Mary Poppins.” He also starred in the TV series “Diagnosis: Murder” and from 1961-1967 in a situation comedy series named after him, alongside Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris and television newcomer Mary Tyler Moore.

This week, if you are the fourth caller with the correct answer to this week’s trivia question, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to either the Payson Choral Society’s matinee or evening presentation of “Let’s Go to the Movies.”

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: From 1962 through 1964, the Beach Boys placed five car songs on the Billboard pop chart. Which of the following early 1960s songs was not a Beach Boys hit? A) “Drag City,” B) “Little Deuce Coupe,” C) “I Get Around,” or D) “Shut Down”?

The right answer was “Drag City,” a 1964 Top 10 hit for the surf-pop-rock duo from Los Angeles, Jan & Dean.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Linda Johnson, a second-time music trivia winner, who won a Classic Car Hits CD, featuring 20 rumble and roar classics from yesteryear.

Lastly, new pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show at Green Valley Park. Hundreds (maybe thousands) of enthusiastic visitors were treated to viewing over 200 classic cars and trucks, beautiful Rim Country weather and good ol’ fashioned Payson hospitality.

Have a great week. And I hope you can make it to the Payson Choral Society’s “Let’s Go to the Movies” this Saturday.

3-D movie glasses are optional.

DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482


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