Although it was dark that evening, “the sun was shining in” at Maynestage on Sunday, August 18th. The many talented singers of The Chicago Studio of Professional Singing (CSPS) presented “Songs of the Sixties” and with it a fabulous event. The concert featured music from a decade filled with love, revolution, and new ideas. Each of the performers stepped out of their fach and into the sixties, bringing the roof down around them.
There was a rather impressive turn out for the event. With food and drink served, the audience sat comfortably and watched this concert unfold. The program was planned for perfection, decorated with songs by Mick Jagger, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash. It also included songs from famous movies, musicals and of course hit sensations such as the Beatles and the Doors.
There were a few performances that stood out above the rest, but overall the studio did quite well. Seeing as Wagnerian mezzo-soprano, Janice Pantazelos (founder of the CSPS), attracts many opera singers from the Chicago area, it was impressive seeing the versatility of the studio; being able to cross from one genre to the other. Having a full lyric soprano successfully sing “Respect” by Aretha Franklin was impressive to say the least.
Making use of original arrangements from Jeff Richards, and a live band featuring, Kraig McCreary on guitar, Philip Castleberry on bass, and Ernie Adams on drums, the performance went off without a hitch. Looking ahead, Ms. Pantazelos announced that because of the great success, there would be a repeat performance next year. Except, instead of staying in the decade of Sergeant Pepper, the studio will tackle another exciting challenge... the Seventies!