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Welcome to our June 5, 2021 Concert!
Welcome to Out Loud Chorus' first ever outdoor concert! This past year has been a challenge for the performing arts, but Out Loud was determined to stay together and find ways to make music you could enjoy. So as concert time came near and indoor venues were not an option, we were excited and encouraged about singing together, as a whole choir once again in the glorious outdoors.
Tonight we present Out of the Closet. A light hearted take on.......our clothes! So grab your cowboy hat, get out your boogie shoes, or kinky boots, wearing your strongest suit and shout 'I'm coming out' to Vogue.
So, here we are at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. It should prove to be a very fun night . We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it.
Annie Withers, Out Loud President
I’m Coming Out
Music & Lyrics by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers, arr. Gene Gaunt
soloists: Erica Ashe, soprano & Michelle Mormul, soprano
Music & Lyrics by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, arr. Kirby Shaw
Finishing the Hat
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Paul Clark, tenor
Sea of Cowboy Hats
Music & Lyrics by Chely Wright, Dale Dodson, Jimmy Melton, arr. Gene Gaunt
soloist: Tom Patrick, bass
Braden DeWeese, violin
Second Hand Rose
Music by James F. Hanley & Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Amanda Bynum, soprano
My Strongest Suit
Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
borrowed from the library of Tecumseh High School
the Sopranos and Altos of Out Loud
soloist: Tyree Cowell, soprano
Clothed With the Sun
Music & Lyrics by Arthur Durkee
Arthur Durkee, tenor
Music & Lyrics by Madonna & Shep Pettibone, arr. Andy Beck
The Lady in Red
Music & Lyrics by Chris De Burgh
MaryEllen Cain, soprano
Coat of Many Colors
Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton, arr. Rob Bradley
the Tenors & Basses of Out Loud
soloist: Tim Hamann, tenor
Put On Your Sunday Clothes
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman, arr. Mac Huff
Trisha Miller, soprano
Sandy Lambert, alto
Tom Williams, baritone
Tim Howley, piano
Kinky Boots Medley
Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, arr. Andy Beck
Soloists: Amy Advey, alto
Josie Dykstra, soprano
Kevin Werner, baritone
Matthew Linden, tenor
Amber Music, tenor
The People Making this Happen
Ariana Joy Arlen
George Micah Woods
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Annie Withers
VICE PRESIDENT: Cinda Hocking
TREASURER: Tom Williams
SECRETARY: Jennica Dotson
BOOKKEEPER: Doug Dormer
PUTTING ON A SHOW: Tim Hamann & Callie Dendrinos
RUNNING A CHOIR: Jon Hoffman & Brad O’Conner
SCRIPT: Lisa Nichols
POSTER ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN: Arthur Durkee & Abby Weisberger
CONCERT DRESS / COSTUMES: Jennifer Skwarski & VIcky Hover
REHEARSAL TRACKS: Gene Gaunt
WEBMASTER: Layla Ananda
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts
For the sponsorship of Out Loud through an Operational Support Grant.
Trinity Lutheran Church
For hosting our rehearsals, including letting us use their outdoor space when we needed to adjust this year.
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
For the use of this fantastic outdoor space to safely perform in tonight. And in particular to Jessica Black for coordinating this with us.
Nelson Gast and his team continue to make us look and sound good with professionalism and style beyond our wildest dreams.
SPECIAL thanks to our own Gene Gaunt for arranging two of the songs in this concert. This show would not have been possible without his impressive talent.
Darin is a native Michigander who grew up in the historic, picturesque town of Marshall. With an immense love for choral music, Darin followed his passion for singing to Michigan State University where he completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Following his time at MSU Darin served as the Director of Vocal Music at Tecumseh High School where he taught for seven years. During his time in Tecumseh, his choirs performed both locally and regionally, receiving numerous awards including being selected to perform at the prestigious Michigan Youth Arts Festival in 2017. As a singer, Darin has performed at major venues in the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, The Detroit Opera House, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Miami, and has performed contracts with Celebrity Cruises. Darin currently sings on staff at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and recently completed a residency at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England. Aside from music, Darin and his husband, Joey, reside in Sylvan Lake, Michigan where he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, being on the lake, and gardening.
John has just completed the first year of his Master's program in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan. His undergraduate areas of study included music education, composition, conducting, and prior to that: playing Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute band for 12 years. An Illinois native, before moving to Ann Arbor he accompanied the Woodstock Community Choir, and is thrilled to be able to play for Out Loud in his new town. In addition to playing the piano he enjoys his podcasts, his cat, his (soon-to-be) wife, and a cold beer. John expresses the most sincere gratitude to Out Loud for welcoming him into such a dedicated community of music-lovers.
Music is a life-long love and hobby for Colette Jacobsen, also known as “CJ”. At age 7, she built a cardboard guitar with rubber bands in an effort to get started. Her mother, a classically trained pianist, agreed to pay for lessons – as long as it was classical guitar and not “loud rock music”. So at age 10, CJ began studying classical guitar with Rick Ruskin at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music in Michigan. Eventually, she switched to acoustic and electric guitar. Her early gigs included playing in high school bands and travelling the country supporting choirs and musical productions. While in college she played guitar at coffee shops, in wedding bands, and for stage bands supporting university theatre. CJ has since learned to play bass, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin. Since 2011, she has played guitar and bass for the Sing Out Detroit Chorus. Last year, she played bass for the Matt Shevrin Jazz Quartet in Ann Arbor. CJ works in IT Management at GM, but her love for music keeps her busy jamming with musical buddies in the area. She lives in Madison Heights with her wife, Laura. CJ has enjoyed Out Loud’s concerts from the audience and is excited to be joining them onstage tonight!