Classic Blend performs at Peace Lutheran Church Saturday.

Classic Blend performs at Peace Lutheran Church Saturday.

Classic Blend has vast repertoire

Kamloops vocal group comes to Vernon for the first time to perform from Mozart and Schubert to Cohen and Berlin.

Four musicians, more than 10 composers, and one magical evening.

The public is invited to put life on hold for a night and join singers Helen Thompson, Chris Krushel, Jim Floris, and pianist Lori Thompson as they entertain audiences with songs from Mozart and Schubert to Cohen and Berlin.

Classic Blend is travelling from Kamloops to Vernon for the first time Saturday to perform in a fundraiser for Peace Lutheran Church. The group has performed extensively throughout the area including Kelowna, 100 Mile House, Revelstoke, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island.

“The group generally performs classical repertoire and just a little bit of musical theatre, but over the years we have been adding more fun pieces from popular musicals,” said Krushel, adding Classic Blend’s aim is to make classical music as accessible as possible to their audience.

“We choose pieces that are either well known or have a strong storyline attached. Cabaret pieces, which are often considered light evening entertainment, have also been added to the program to the delight of audiences. Cole Porter’s surprising song about an oyster (of all things) and Bolcom’s adventures with amour are two examples of cabaret-style songs we perform.”

The concert also includes the rousing song Man of La Mancha, the playful piece between two sisters, Ah Guarda Sorella from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, the haunting and familiar La Mer, and Leonard Cohen’s ever-so familiar and equally loved Hallelujah.

The Classic Blend vocal ensemble performs its spring concert  Saturday. April 13 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1206-30th Ave., Vernon. Admission is by donation at the door.