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South choirs ready for Fall Follies



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October 24, 2013
Grosse Pointe South High School’s choirs are making final preparations for their annual Fall Follies Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25, at the Grosse Pointe Performing Arts Center.

For new choir members, the two-day musical event represents their first on-stage performance of the year.


To everyone else, the event, and its featured musical numbers ranging from classical to contemporary, has become tradition, said Christopher Pratt, director of choirs.

“We always try to feature a wide variety of music, but this year it’s especially diverse,” Pratt said of this year’s selections, which include songs from the musicals “Ragtime” and “Les Miserables”, medieval cantatas, pop standards and a little Elvis and Sinatra.

A number of the songs are being prepped for the choirs’ February trip to London and Paris, where they’ll perform in various European arenas.

Besides the four South choirs — Sounds of South, South Singers, Tower Belles and the Pointe Singers — the show will also feature smaller ensembles like the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Rock-A-Pella, as well as 14 featured soloists.

This is long-time assistant and accompanist Richard Wolf’s 10th Fall Follies. In honor of his milestone, he will perform a piano solo from the musical, “Carousel.”

“We are happy to recognize and honor Richard’s longtime contributions to the South program,” Pratt said.

Along with Pratt and Wolf, choreographers Andy Haines and Annette Layman have also contributed their time to ensuring students are prepared for the season’s opening performance.

“This show kicks off the year for us and is the first big event of the new school year,” Pratt said. “We have great things planned.”

Tickets are available at Posterity: A Gallery in the Village of Grosse Pointe and at the choir website, gpsouthchoir.org. Senior gold cards will be honored.


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