The Wasatch Singers, directed by Paul Noyce, put on 'O, America!" - a patriotic program of American songs, both old and new, at the Granger Christian Church in West Valley City, on May 17, 2014. Commencing with "The Star Spangled Banner" sung solo by Mackenzie Lowe, they continued with "Song for the Unsung Hero," and "Distant Land," followed by a rousing version of "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee."
Two more songs by the whole choir followed, "Soft, Sweet America" by Spencer, and Homeland, to the tune of "I Vow to Thee, My Country" (better known for its theme borrowed from Gustave Holst's "The Planets" suite.) It was time for the solo performances, kicked off by Linda Hansen with "Freedom Isn't Free." This was followed by a comedy duet "To Morrow" which detailed a forlorn attempt to travel by train to a place called Morrow, a 14 hour ride, and to get back later today! An old favorite, "Strike up the Band" was then sung by Marvin Patillo, accompanied by Paul Noyce, the choir director. This section finished with another duet by Kristin Fraser and Mary Jensen, "Let Freedom Ring."
The third section was back to choral music commencing with Gershwin's "Summertime", followed by "Shenandoah" arr. Memley. Katie Oaks soloed on "All My Trials", and the whole choir sang "On Eagle's Wings" (Joncas). The final work was "An American Celebration" with soloist Kristin Fraser. As usual, the concert ended with Eilers' "Go Ye Now in Peace."
This is the 18th Wasatch Singers program this reviewer has attended; they have been performing in various West Valley and Murray venues for more than ten years, and never fail to delight their audiences! Their next concert will be in mid-December with a Christmas theme.