Concert band concluding season with a broadway bash

Prince Albert Concert Band Director Kayleigh Skomorowski leads a rehearsal on Oct. 24, 2018. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

The Prince Albert Concert Band will be filling the E.A. Rawlinson Centre with broadway music on May 30—a top of mind theme for this time of the year.

With the Tony Awards coming up at the beginning of June and plenty of talk throughout the city of the Broadway North Theatre Company, Director Kayleigh Skomorowski thought it was a perfect fit.

Skomorowski is also a music teacher at École St. Mary High School, which just finished their spring musical.

“It’s nice to finish the year with something that the general public is familiar with and people love broadway,” she said. “Musicals are just kind of on the brain.”

But, as she explains, it’s difficult to do a broadway themed show without vocals.

That’s why she invited the École St. Mary senior and junior choirs, as well as the men’s and women’s chamber choirs to take part, many of which she teaches music to currently or has in the past.

The concert features songs from Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Hamilton, Carosel, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Dear Evan Hansen, Rent, Les Miserables and West Side Story.

“A lot of the songs we’re doing are medleys of a whole bunch of different songs, so it just feels like a lot of music we’ve had to learn,” she said.

Skomorowski emphasized people in the city may not be aware of the musical talent within their own community.

“It’d just be nice to have people come out that maybe don’t traditionally support these community groups just to see the really cool things that are happening.”

Ending the season with pop-style music is something Skomorowski is planning on doing in future years.

She will be announcing their plans for next season after the performance.

Their three other concerts from 2018-19, which started at the end of October, had a wide variety of inspirations: The first was based on Canadian people, places and composers, the second was their Christmas concert and the third consisted of wind band classics.

Admission to the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., is by donation.