Pasco Entertainer Visits Thursday Musicale
NEW PORT RICHEY - A familiar presence on the Pasco entertainment scene will make music with a 61-year-old chorus. On Thursday, Stan Prinston will perform at the monthly Thursday Musicale concert. Thursday Musicale is a 50-member female chorus. Both as a solo performer and member of the group Direct Effect, Prinston is known to audiences in Pasco and Hernando counties for re-creating the oldies.He does classics made famous by singers including Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and Bobby Darin. "People say I sound like everybody I do," he said. The New York City native is a veteran of the New York, Las Vegas and New Jersey entertainment circuits. He has lived in Florida since 1998 and has taken his act to cruise ships, corporate venues and local clubs. He plays up interaction with his listeners, he said. "I make the audience feel they've come into my living room." Prinston will perform about half an hour during the 90-minute concert. The chorus will be on stage the remainder of the time. Audiences can count on a varied musical menu from the group. "Gospel, popular, every kind of music you can think of, we do it," said chorus vice president Maryanne Vollmar-Freeman. Members range in age from 50-somethings to 98. They must be able to read music to be accepted in the group. Because the women practice and perform on weekdays, members tend to be seniors, Vollmar-Freeman said. Almost all members have a passion for music, she said. Vollmar-Freeman has been singing in choruses since she was 8. "I love music. It is my first love," she said. Henry Fletcher directs the group. He writes and arranges the chorus's music. Joan Geschke is the accompanist. Concerts are on the first Thursday of the month, October through April, excluding January. THURSDAY MUSICALE WHEN: The next concert will be at 2 p.m. Thursday. WHERE: Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey COST: The event is free, but an offering will be taken for a scholarship fund for music students.