By Alan Mayers
PAC Member & Show Producer
Remember oldies such as “Moon River,” “On the Acheson,” “Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Satin Doll?” They’re on the cabaret program of melodies by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer to be offered by The Sapphires on Friday evening, May 19 at 8:00 p.m., in the Encore Theater. Tickets will be sold in the dining room lobbies from 4:30 to 6:00 on Monday and Tuesday, May 15 and 16.
The Sapphires — four singers and pianist – have been together as a group since 2015, their first program being “Sinatra All the Way,” a celebration of the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth. Since then, they have sung and danced to songs associated with Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and others. They’ve performed in the Friendship Heights Concert Series, at Ingleside, Maplewood Park Place, in Suitland and outreach programs at Christ House and throughout Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Members of the group are also active in numerous other musical organizations here.
Accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Hayes, who plays at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, the singers include Laura Holmes, soprano, who performs and directs at Bethesda Little Theater, Cathy McCoskey, mezzo-soprano, who has performed her musical reviews in the area, Justin Cunningham, bass-baritone, and Mark Pulling, both of whom sing with numerous distinguished choral groups and theater groups around Washington.
Come and let your heart sing and dance with them in this delightful program.