Musical talent brings show tunes to Langley

The United Churches of Langley invites fans of Broadway show tunes and hit Hollywood movie songs to the show Songs from Broadway to Hollywood (and everything in between!).

The March 7 show features vocalist Calla Krause and pianist/vocalist Perry Dickison. Both are accomplished performers, and they will be joining forces for this special evening to present a showcase of some of their favourite popular songs from the 1930s to the present day. The event will be held at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Rd. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m, and will be followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They can be purchased through the United Churches of Langley’s website at www.ucol.ca or at the church office, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From London, England, to Toronto, Ontario, to Langley, Krause’s musical career has covered everything from musical theatre to 20th century music productions (and virtually everything else in between). While living in Toronto, she was part of the cast of Mikado, which was followed by a lengthy tour that included performing in New York on Broadway. She was also a performer at the Stratford Festival for two seasons, and has been cast in various other musical theatre productions including the original Canadian cast of Les Miserables. After her 750th performance of Les Miserables, she left theatre to attend law school at Dalhousie University.

Krause then moved to Vancouver to be closer to her family and later became co-owner of a meat brokerage and trading company.

During her professional career, her love of music has held strong, and she has continued to perform in shows such as the Weill Women showcase of Kurt Weill music, as well as her own one-woman Broadway show.

 Dickison has been a featured performer in the Lobby Lounge of the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver since the hotel opened in 2009. He performs on the Fazioli grand piano there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. He also serves as music director at Cliff Avenue United Church in Burnaby, and is a proud member of the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir.

A former Richmond high-school music teacher, he launched his performing career in 1990 as a solo pianist/vocalist with Crystal Cruises, a move which took him around the world. Since then, he has been a featured soloist with a number of orchestras, and has recorded and produced three solo albums which feature contemporary songs, inspirational music, and pop standards.

 Also starring in the show will be the United Churches of Langley’s new Sauter grand piano. The church acquired this designer grand piano in May of 2013, and celebrated the acquisition through their Songs and Celebrations concert series, which featured world-renowned pianist Ian Parker.

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