Men’s Glee Club brings talent to spring show

The Naperville Men’s Glee Club will share the stage during its Spring Invitational Showcase 2014 with seven local amateur singers and singing groups.

The musical improv group, the Infamints, who have trained at Second City, will host the concert and providing additional entertainment.

The Glee Club will sing from its lighter repertoire, conductor Bonnie Klee Roberts said.

One of the Glee Club’s newest members, Larry Zabinski, will sing, “It’s Your Song,” dedicated to his father, who will be in the audience.

The concert is at 3 p.m. March 23 at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Chosen based on auditions, the performers offer diverse music genres such as pop, jazz, patriotic and gospel music.

“We were looking for people who were not only very talented but also showed stage presence and were able to encourage audience enjoyment,” Roberts said.

Emily Palmeri, a pop soloist who is a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School, will be singing three pieces at the showcase, including “Someone To Watch Over Me,” by George Gershwin.

Palmeri, who started singing and taking dance classes at Naperville’s School for Performing Arts in third grade, serves as leader of the female acappella group.

“When I get up on stage, there is no place I would rather be,” she said. “Singing is my form of expression.”

Majoring in business this fall at DePaul University, Palmeri also will participate in the university’s choir program.

After an impromptu concert at a summer picnic, the adult contemporary gospel group IF has been singing contemporary Christian inspirational music in coffee houses and churches ever since, member Beth Buffington said.

“Once we started singing together, we realized, we really liked our blend,” she added. Along the way, the group of four female singers added two male guitar players. “We pepper in music that we like that also has meaningful words or messages,” she added.

At the concert, IF will sing an inspirational song and another song about “fun things that make people happy,” Buffington said.

The adult jazz/pop group Sleight Street formed about a year ago by current and former members of Naperville Chorus. The self-proclaimed “grandpa” of the group, Wes Ague, said, “We typically practice at a member’s home on Sleight Street in Naperville,” hence the name.

The acappella ensemble’s eight members, whose ages span more than five decades, and professions vary from physicists to music teachers, will perform Manhattan Transfer’s “Java Jive” and the Americana piece “O Shenandoah.”

“We love singing together,” he added. “Now we are actually good friends.”

Other acts performing at the showcase include Apollo, a male ensemble from Metea Valley High School; The Chorelles, a self-directed female group from Naperville Central High School; Hawkappella, the Central High men’s chorus; and the Boys Choir/Young Men’s Chorus from Young Naperville Singers, the citywide chorus of school-age male singers.

Tickets are available at nmgc.org or from any Glee Club member. Tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors and $10 students. Tickets purchased at the door will be $20 adults, $15 seniors. Children 5 years and younger are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $7 each before the event.

The Performers

Apollo

Metea Valley’s male student-led a cappella group, Apollo was formed in 2009, coinciding with the school’s opening. Named after the Greek god of music, Apollo performs throughout the community, singing hits ranging from pop to R&B, with influences of rap and classic harmonies.

The Chorelles

Naperville Central High School’s student-directed female ensemble, The Chorelles perform both traditional and popular music. The ensemble, led by seniors Julianna Dolla and Becca Paras, is formed through auditions. The group performs in all choir concerts at the school and has sung for many community events, including singing the National Anthem at Naperville’s Ribfest.

Hawkappella

For 20 years, Naperville Central’s Hawkappella has performed at all Naperville Central High School choral concerts. This men’s choir is a non-auditioned ensemble that performs music ranging from collegiate glee club selections to popular music.  

IF

Blending contemporary Christian and original inspirational music, IF has been performing together for sixteen years. Members of Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, their mission is to express God’s message through song. The group has recorded a CD entitled “IF Only.”

Emily Palmeri

WVHS senior Emily Palmeri is a member of the school’s Varsity Chamber Choir, Mosaic, Show Choir and is the leader of the female a cappella group, Pink Notes. Emily received the 2013 Singing for Seniors Scholarship.  

Sleight Street

Naperville’s adult jazz/pop group, Sleight Street is an a cappella ensemble. Consisting of eight vocalists, Sleight Street’s repertoire includes songs from many genres and eras, but focuses primarily on jazz, swing and pop standards.  

Boys’ Choir/Young Men’s Chorus from Young Naperville Singers

The only choir for boys and young men in the western suburbs, the Young Naperville Singers’ Boys Choir and Young Men’s Chorus are 52 singers strong. The Young Naperville Singers is dedicated to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence to enrich the lives of young people.

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