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Quincy Symphony Chorus Presents ‘Revisiting Childhood’ on March 9

Sweet harmonies and popular melodies shine as the Quincy Symphony Chorus presents ‘Revisiting Childhood’ at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ. ‘Revisiting Childhood’ will feature former Quincyans Emily DePauw and PhilipTouchette and the Symphony Chorus performing a selection of popular 20th Century songs.

This concert will transport listeners back to the golden era of TV tunes. Singers and audience alike will enjoy remembering classics including the ‘Ballad of Jed Clampett,’ ‘Happy Days’ and many others. Concert goers may not realize that the theme songs from Bonanza and I Love Lucy actually had lyrics—these rarely heard renditions will be performed by the chorus. The Elvis Presley hit ‘Hound Dog’ will be featured, as well as ‘A Cold in my Nose,’ a hilarious tribute to cold and allergy season! DePauw and Touchette will join together for a musical romp through favorite Broadway love songs from musicals such as ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Show Boat’ and ‘Guys and Dolls.’

Soprano Emily DePauw graduated from Quincy University with a bachelor of arts in vocal performance and communications. In 2010 she joined Union Avenue Opera as its Administrative Director. Previously Ms. DePauw served as director of advertising and operations at Dame & Hurdle Jewelers. For eight years she was active in Quincy’s arts community as a student, performer and volunteer. She frequently returns to Quincy to perform with the Muddy River Opera and has been seen in over 17 productions since 2002 including nine children’s operas. Ms. DePauw has performed as Marian in ‘The Music Man,’ Roxie in ‘Chicago,’ and Joanne in ‘Godspell.’ In 2006, she made her solo debut with the QuincySymphony Chorus in their performance of Faure’s ‘Requiem.’ Ms. DePauw currently sings with the Union Avenue Christian Church Chancel Choir and is a charter member of the Missouri Women’s Chorus where she serves on the board of directors.

Tenor Philip Touchette is a graduate of Quincy University, earning a bachelor of science in music education in 2004. In 2006 he earned a master of music—vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. He was most recently seen in Quincy singing the role of St. Brioche in Muddy River Opera Company’s ‘The Merry Widow.’ As an artist with Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis, Muddy River Opera Company and Washington University, Philip has sung the roles of President Chester A. Arthur in ‘The Ballad of Baby Doe,’ Damon in ‘Acis and Galatea,’ Elder McLean in ‘Susannah’ and Dancaïro in ‘Carmen.’ In 2009, Mr. Touchette created the role of Oscar Bergson in the world premiere of Barbara Harbach’s ‘O Pioneers!’ at UMSL. As a soloist, he has been featured in the Fauré ‘Requiem’ and Schubert’s ‘Mass in G.’ Philip holds the position of tenor soloist with the Chancel Choir of Union Avenue Christian Church in St. Louis, with whom he will tour Germany and Austria next June.

Tickets for Revisiting Childhood will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance from the Symphony office at 200 N. 8th St., Suite 102, Quincy Hy-Vee stores, or from Sturhahn Jewelers. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Thanks in part to support from the Tracy Family Foundation, children 18 and under are admitted free to all QSO concerts, and are encouraged to attend.

Visit the website www.qsoa.org or call the Symphony office for more information at 222-2856.

 

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