Photo courtesy of Upscale Singers
Upscale Singers concerts continue to introduce new features. This spring, that means a new venue and even more performers.
“The Upscale Zone,” scheduled for April 14 and 15 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church and April 29 at St. Patrick Catholic Community, is Scottsdale’s premier adult choir and will feature comfortably familiar music with old favorites from four famous productions and one iconic quartet.
“It’s the variety and popularity of the music that will please the audience so much,” says Director Margaret Watson.
“Who doesn’t love ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ put on the same ticket as ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘The Lion King?’ Then you add the Upscale Kids singing music from ‘Peter Pan,’ and the success of the show is guaranteed.”
The new venue is the Fellowship Center at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Tom Darlington Dr. While the church is the annual site of Upscale Singers’ Christmas concerts, it is the group’s first opportunity to perform in the theater-style center next door.
The shows, at $35 for adults and $20 for youths 18 and under, are scheduled for Fri., April 14, at 7 p.m. and Sat., April 15 at 2 p.m.
St. Patrick Catholic Community’s Fenlon Hospitality Center, 10815 N. 84th St., will feature a buffet dinner, silent auction, raffle, and cash bar for $60 per person. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.
“Having the variety of theatrical venues will be very nice this year.” Watson says. “The audience can choose for a straight theater experience or a dinner theater option.”
All three of last spring’s concerts were sold out before the first one took place.
Audience members have enjoyed past Upscale Singers concerts so much, several have come on board, giving the group the largest number of singers in its 18-year history. But the music this spring also was a lure for the many regulars in the Upscale family.
“I had so many singers say, ‘Save my spot. I’m not missing this show!’” Watson says. “We have great singers in the group – amateurs and retired professionals alike. Several used to perform professionally in New York and elsewhere and love sharing their talents with the community.
“But we’re always looking for new singers, so I hope that people who are looking for a great singing group will come and see our performances. That’s the best way for them to see what we’re all about.”
Tickets are available at upscalesingers.com.