Vernon singer Melina Moore returns to singing songs from classic Hollywood and Broadway productions in Soprano on the Loose

Vernon singer Melina Moore returns to singing songs from classic Hollywood and Broadway productions in Soprano on the Loose

Local diva delights with Golden Era tunes

Melina Moore takes her Soprano on the Loose show to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday

Music alert – there’s a Soprano on the Loose!

Vernon singer Melina Moore performs her jazzy tribute to the Golden Era of Hollywood musicals at the Vernon Jazz Club this Saturday.

Moore’s homage to Hollywood’s Golden Era features the jazz and torch classics of the 1930s to the 1950s, with Moore channeling icons like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Bring Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, and many more.

Moore captures the flair, passion, and glamour of Hollywood’s greatest musical era with classic tunes like Top Hat, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, and Singin’ in the Rain, highlighting beloved composers like Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This exciting and unique performance features tunes sung in their original style.

“I present classic songs in the original style in which they were written rather than how they’ve been interpreted over the years in a more pop style,” said Moore.

Although Moore is known for her classical repertoire, her roots lie in musical theatre.

“I grew up with the music of the composers I’ll be featuring in the show,” explained Moore. “I was raised on the Broadway stage, attending shows and being in children’s choruses from the age of eight. My childhood idol was Judy Garland. I wanted to be her.”

Soprano on the Loose is a return for Moore to the Vernon Jazz Club.

“My last Soprano on the Loose was performed in 2009, with Doug Sonju and myself on piano and vocals. We had a sold-out crown and it was a tremendous evening,” recalled Moore. “This music symbolizes one of the most romantic and glamorous eras of entertainment in history. It needs to be revived and remembered.”

Moore certainly knows about glamour.

Raised in New York City, she began her career singing at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, where she was a member of the New York City Opera Children’s Chorus and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorale.

Her busy schedule includes performing, teaching, and producing shows nationally and internationally.

Moore is currently the headlining singer at Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort, performing her original Soprano on the Hill series once a month. She will also be a featured soloist at the second annual Mediterranean Festival of the Arts in September in Crete, Greece.

Accompanying Moore at the jazz club is Jim Leonard on piano, Doug Sonju on clarinet and sax, and Bernie Addington on bass.

A retired music teacher, Leonard moved to the Okanagan in 2009 where he keeps busy as a church organist, soloist, and accompanist.

Leonard accompanies Moore frequently.

A frequent performer at the VJC, Sonju is a teacher and principal player with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

Also no stranger to the VJC, Addington recently toured with the Rat Pack, a Las Vegas tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.  Meanwhile, Addington continues to be involved with the Jazz Café Band in Kelowna.

Sponsored by MJO Communications Inc.,  Soprano on the Loose takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($15 for jazz society members) available at the Bean Scene and Bean to Cup coffee houses.