Classical Gala at Gates Hall
The Gatesinger Company, Ltd., in conjunction with the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society, presented an evening of classical, pop, and light opera on Wednesday, July 18th 2012 at Gates Hall, Pultneyville. Featured soloist was Williamson’s own Michael Lockley – who began his singing/acting career with the Gatesingers and at Williamson High School – and went on to perform in Europe, South America, New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), and many cities across the United States.
“If it hadn’t been for my experience with director Dave Cooper at Gates Hall, I would never have had the career in music I’ve enjoyed for so many years,” said Lockley. “I appreciate this opportunity to give something back to my home theatre,” he added. Lockley appeared in “A Grand Night for Singing” with local vocalists in 1997. To hear a sample of Michael’s music and read about his accomplishments, go to MichaelLockley.tripod.com., where his MP3 recordings from “Tosca”, “Turnadot” and “Carmen” are available.
Also performing classical solos and ensemble pieces were Karen Karnisky, Christopher Adams, Carla Cogliandro, and Mark Montondo. Singing a number in the Broadway show tune portion of the evening were long-time Company members Michael and Sue Mulberry, John and Anne L’Hommedieu, Karen Skerrett Nail, Dan Montondo, Jay Hanagan and Nan Hanna-Paquin. “We are very excited to be back on the stage together after so many years,” said Nail. “It’s a joy for all of us to be singing with Mike Lockley again.”
Included in the program were captive moments of Habenera from “Carmen” and the stunning Flower Duet from “Lakme,” as well as many other gems from the world of opera and classics.
The proceeds of the Classical Gala were collected to go towards the newly established Gates Hall Fund–created with Gatesinger friend: the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society.