Opus One concert benefits SHS chorus trip

Members of the Select Chorus at Scarborough High School are headed to the Windy City in late April for their annual performance tour. Now, the students are busy rehearsing and fundraising to help offset the costs of the Chicago trip.

The biggest fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 16, when the Opus One Big Band performs a benefit dance and concert at the Winslow Homer Auditorium. The evening begins with a dance lesson from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $25 for two, $8 for students.

The band comprises Maine musicians who perform benefit concerts throughout the state in support of music programs. The concert will include jazz and swing standards from the 1930s to the 1950s, in the tradition of Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, along with more recent pieces. In addition to the concert, tickets to the May 15 Portland Sea Dogs baseball game will also be raffled off.

While visiting Chicago, the Scarborough students will take an architectural river cruise and visit both the Chicago History Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. They will also see architect Andrew Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House and visit Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute of Chicago, where the students hope to see the Seurat painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte” – the piece of artwork that inspired one of their choral pieces.

The students will also attend a performance of the musical, “Bullets Over Broadway,” as well as a performance and workshop offered by The Second City Comedy Shows.

The students will give concerts at two retirement communities located on the north shore of Chicago. The repertoire ranges from 9th-century chants to modern folk and musical theater selections including works by Stephen Sondheim, Carl Steubing, Hal Hopson, Aaron Copland and more.

A closer look

On Saturday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Opus One Big Band benefit concert and swing dance will be held at Scarborough High School. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults or $25 per couple.

The Opus One Big Band is holding a benefit concert on April 16 to help offset the costs for an upcoming visit to Chicago by the Select Choir at Scarborough High.