Concert Features Toe-Tapping Tunes

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The title of the show should have given it away, “Songs We Danced To,” but not until the audience listened to the music did heads bob and toes tap at the annual Payson Choral Society Spring Concert.

Opening with the invigorating “Dancing Queen” by Abba the chorus dipped into all eras, from Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger pieces, such as “Cheek to Cheek” to “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker.

Sharon Collins sang, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady,” her solo voice filled every corner of the Payson High School Auditorium.

The spring concert serves as bookends to the four middle and high school students who win scholarships to pursue their musical dreams from the Choral Society.

John Landino, president of the Choral Society relishes introducing each student in his smooth announcers voice.

“We gave $500 to the middle school students and $1,000 to each high school student,” said Landino.

This year, Rio Chavez, a sophomore, won for his rendition of Barry Manilow’s, “Copacabana.”

Chavez wore a natty white jacket and fedora over an all black ensemble of shirt and pants.

Natalia Olivares, a junior graduating this year, sang, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” When Landino asked her why she picked that song, she pointed a finger at Daria Mason, the choir director.

“It’s Ms. Mason’s favorite song,” she said to giggles from everyone.

From the middle school, Kelli Kimbrell sang the iconic song from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty,” “Once Upon A Dream.”

Jordan Varner, a sixth-grade student and son of Rim Country Middle School Principal Rob Varner and Payson Elementary School music teacher Christie Varner, sweetly sang “At the Hop.”

He had a slight hiccup when he forgot his words, rolling his eyes heavenward and mouthing “I forgot the ...” but he quickly regained confidence when the audience started clapping to the beat.

To end to concert, the Choral Society did a raucous rendition of Bob Seger’s, “Old Time Rock & Roll.”

More concerts

If Rim Country residents missed this concert May is full of concerts:

• Wednesday, May 14 the Payson High School band will have its end of the year concert at 6 p.m.

• The Rim Country Choir will have two performances in the Payson High School Black Box on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 21 is the ever-popular Band Jam on the field behind the Rim Country Middle School Gym from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy music from the elementary students, middle and high school musicians.

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