Filled with songs from Disney classic films like Pinocchio and Mary Poppins, a spring concert two years ago proved to be so popular that participating students have requested a reprise.
Hardin-Simmons University professor of voice, Dr. Lynnette Chambers, said she was inspired by her then four-year-old daughter, Julia. Looking for a concert theme to showcase the vocal talents of her HSU students with a program that even Julia could love, Chambers was struck with the idea to go Disney.
As it turned out, her HSU students loved it just as much, dressing in costume to perform some of the classic Disney movie songs from the 1960s. This year, Chambers says students wanted to update the theme with Disney classics that are a bit more recent, songs the students remember from when they were Julia’s age.
In the new Disney, Take Two concert, senior Emily McCollum performs “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. Some may remember McCollum wowed the audience two years ago with “The Siamese Cat Song” from Lady and the Tramp and “I Got No Strings” from Pinocchio.
As a freshman, Krista Sharpe performed an expressive red-boa rendition of Sinatra’s classic “Live Till I Die” in Chambers’ themed concert, A Tribute to the Rat Pack, during the 2012 spring semester concert. This year Sharpe puts the spin on “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid.
In the upcoming Disney, Take Two, tenor, Travis Lowery, will perform “Why Would I Worry” from Oliver and Company. Many still remember Lowery’s buttery bossa nova “Garota de Ipanema,” otherwise known as “The Girl from Ipanema,” from last year’s Rat Pack tribute.
Here’s a heads-up: audience members should watch for Rita Nsumbu, another popular past performer, as she gives an energetic rendition of the gritty The Lion King classic, “Be Prepared.” Ariel Adams, who performed in a duet with Nsumbu in Rat Pack, will belt “Friends on the Other Side” from The Princess and the Frog. Chambers’ daughter, now six, even gets in on the performance with one of her favorites from Oliver and Company.
The audience should also watch for songs from recent animated classics including Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Aladdin.
Disney, Take Two is Saturday, April 6, 2013, 6 p.m.in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall (part of the Lee Hemphill Music Complex) on the Hardin-Simmons University campus, 2434 Cedar Street.
Disney, Take Two is free, open to everyone, and sure to bring joy to children of all ages.
Scenes from Disney Concert, 2011