Tribute paid to Lewes Men's Chorus

June 14, 2014

The Lewes Men’s Community Chorus presents another spectacular music program at the Bethel Lewes Church Hall May 31.

The Theme “Irving Berlin: A Celebration” included over 20 familiar, well loved numbers with solos, duets and quartets.

The audience especially enjoyed two numbers, “Sisters” performed by two members on stage and “Easter Parade” performed by a member and his wife.

The composer Irving Berlin wrote over 1,500 songs. When vocalist Kate Smith needed a song for the 20th anniversary of Armistice Day, he wrote “God Bless America.” She delivered the first performance. Through his generosity he directed all royalties from the song to the Girl and Boy Scouts of America which to date has raised over $10 million.

Although our beloved friend Mr. Bill Earl is no longer able to play the piano, he attended the show, gave a short talk and played one delightful piano number. The men’s groups’ 16 singers wrote and sang a song for him, to show their appreciation for the years of dedication and leadership he brought to the program. The audience felt that same appreciation.

The group has been blessed to find a new and very capable pianist/director, Layne Thompson-Payne. She is a mezzo soprano vocalist and a native of North Carolina.

Presently she and her husband have relocated to Milford. She has been involved with many symphonies, classical works and operas in the Georgia and Florida area. It was a joy to listen as she accompanied each number.

The talented tap dancing group The Tapsations dressed in sparkly costume changes, blending in with the background stage decorations. They performed three special selections, always enjoyed by the audience.

Ending the evening with the traditional “God Bless America” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” the audience was then invited for refreshments prepared by the member’s wives.

The group thanks the following: Bethel U.M.Church, Musical Director Layne Thompson-Payne; Founding Musical Director Bill Earl; Chip Brittingham and Lewes Dairy; Norm Macturk, sound production; Sharon Kreitzer, programs and stage design; Charlie Deal, printing programs and posters; and Hugh Councill, Goodwill Ambassador.

As Mr. Berlin says “The song is ended but the Melody Lingers on.”

Wishes for a safe and happy summer; farewell until next time.

Irene Hazzard


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