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Master Chorale serves up a ‘feast’

Posted: May 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Chorale wishes you "Bon Apetit!" at this concert featuring a menu of songs about food. Let’s begin the feast with "The Seasonings" by P.D.Q. Bach, the forgotten child of the maestro discovered by Professor Peter Schickele: "By the Leeks of Babylon, E-i, e-i-o!"

No, really.

Farmer MacDonald meets the Psalms. And yes, groans are most welcome as this master musical humorist puns endlessly with the words "thyme, sesame and curry."

This is the man who gave us the "dill Piccolo" for playing sour notes, and the "pastaphone," an uncooked tube of manicotti played as a horn.

From the ridiculous to the sublime, we head for "Scarborough Fair."

The haunting melody made popular by Simon and Garfunkel is given a winsome jazz turn by composer, organist and publisher Fred Bock.

Bock’s edgy chords in this work are as sharp as the aromatic spices in the refrain.

The Chorale’s artistic director, Allan Petker, has cooked up a whole "sweet" of tunes.

Dishing up the poetry of Ogden Nash — "celery stewed is easily chewed" — Petker covers the finer techniques of encouraging slow ketchup and eating peas with a knife.

But there’s a tender turn, too, in the jazzy "Do You Carrot All For Me?" and poet Robert Herrick’s "Cherry Ripe," a ballad as luscious as any jubilee.

From across the pond, the Chorale serves up "Fragments of his Dish" by singer and composer Bob Chilcott who also drew inspiration from Nash and Herrick.

Clever rhymes and snazzy rhythms make this spicy collection a lively treat. "Nothing the matter with butter / nothing the matter with jam / and the warmest of greetings I utter / to the muffin, the ham, and the yam."

Of course, there’s always room for the children at the table. The Santa Clarita Children’s Choir dishes up "Food, Glorious, Food" from the Broadway classic "Oliver." Also on their menu is the favorite "Be Our Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast." No bland fare here. The Chorale is serving up a feast with "A Musical Menu" on Sunday, June 2nd at 3:30 p.m. We’re saving you a place at the table!

A free sneak preview of the June 2 concert will be at the Newhall Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

The Chorale’s performance home is the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

For information or tickets, visit, or call 661-362-5304.


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