PHOTO CALL: Judy Kaye, Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, Santino Fontana, Jim Dale Sing a Song of Norway
By Matthew Blank
The Collegiate Chorale, which is led by music director James Bagwell, presented a concert staging of Robert Wright and George Forrest's Song of Norway April 30 at Carnegie Hall.
Directed by Ted Sperling, who also conducts, the 6:30 PM performance featured the talents of Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, Santino Fontana, Walter Charles, David Garrison, Tony winner Judy Kaye, Anita Gillette, Tony winner Jim Dale (Narrator) and Joe Mohan (featured pianist) with Tom Gold Dance and American Symphony Orchestra.
"Set in 1860," press notes state, the musical "tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as a young man, dreaming of international fame and fortune, but after achieving it under the patronage of a famous Italian prima donna, he comes to realize where his heart and true creativity lie, and returns to his two loves: childhood sweetheart Nina and his home in Troldhaugen, Norway."
The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, which was founded in 1941, is to "enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble."
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