TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater is offering a ride through the country on a fall day in NEPA to attend “If I Loved You,” a free concert at the Sordoni Theater at the WVIA Studio in Pittston.
Sponsored by the Dietrich Theater, First Energy Foundation, Jean Mieczkowski and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, free bus transportation will be provided, departing the Dietrich at at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 for the 3 p.m. the concert. A light reception will follow, with a chance to meet the artists before returning to the Dietrich Theater at about 5 p.m.
To reserve free tickets for the bus and/or concert, call 570-996-1500.
“If I Loved You ” will feature songs and duets from the early years of Broadway up to the shows of Stephen Sondheim.
Soprano Bernadette Boerckel is well known to area audiences. This is her third appearance at WVIA. Boerckel recently met tenor Daniel Marcus at a recording session with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and realized he WVIA audience will enjoy his authentic Broadway panache. Gary Boerckel, host of WVIA’s “Music to My Ears,” will narrate the performance and accompany the singers at the piano.
The star-studded performers include Boerckel, who sings and acts in a variety of professional and amateur venues. She has performed the soprano solos in the Mozart Requiem, the Rutter Magnificat, the Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio. She has also appeared in a range of musical roles including The Witch in “Into The Woods,” Angelina in “Trial By Jury” and the Wife in “La Serva Pedrona.” With Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Boerckel has recorded four albums devoted to songs by George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Joe Jordan, and Louis Hirsch. The Joe Jordan release won a Grammy for its producer, Judith Sherman.
For the first time, Boerckelwill be joined by Daniel Marcus who made his Broadway debut in Joseph Papp’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in 1981. Broadway shows and original cast albums since then include “Pal Joey,” 1776, “A Christmas Carol,” “The Woman in White” and “Urinetown,” in which he created the role of Officer Barrel.
Gary Boerckel is a concert pianist, conductor, lecturer and professor emeritus of music at Lycoming College. Last season, he was the piano soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the musical director of Cabaret at Lycoming’s Mary Lindsay Welch Theatre and performs regularly as the pianist with the Eaken Trio.
“If I Loved You” is a fitting name for the Oct. 18 WVIA concert, as it is the title of the duet from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” and a song Boerckel is certain to include.