Some weekends are meant to be remembered for a lifetime -- especially ones that go from "Broadway" to the Super Bowl in a matter of hours.
Consider this: On Saturday evening, approximately 300 choristers will present their popular annual "Snazzy, Jazzy Salute to Broadway" concert in Norwalk. And on Sunday, about 50 of the FCCC's Chamber Singers are featured in a commercial, filmed last fall, at New Haven's Union Station for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.
According to Noyes, the commercial will air four times during the Super Bowl XLVII football championship from New Orleans, pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens. Kick-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
The exciting weekend is just another in a season of enormous highs, which has included performances with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. And this past fall, the choir sang the national anthem at the opening ice hockey game of the Sound Tigers at the Webster Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.
The FCCC includes four choirs working under four conductors (Noyes works with the Chamber Singers, the most advanced ensemble). Membership is by audition for students in grades four through 12; the group practices weekly September through May. This season's sponsor is the Fairfield School of Music.
Preceding Saturday's concert at the Norwalk Concert Hall will be a benefit silent auction, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Concert-goers will be invited to bid on a number of items, including a "family fun pack" to the Sound Tigers, movie nights, spa/beauty treatments, restaurant gift certificates and gift baskets.
This year's Broadway production will feature the music of "The Little Mermaid," "The Wizard of Oz," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Guys and Dolls." In addition to Noyes, Saturday's concert will feature conductors Lisa Bettke, Cindy Holberg and Kevin Cotellese.
In addition to the rousing choruses, the concert will feature solos by several of the group's most accomplished singers, accompanied by the FCCC's pit band, Noyes said.
"What makes the FCCC Broadway concert so incredible is the combination of great music, our talented chorus, our wonderful pit band and especially our soloists. In the past few years we have even gone without the inclusion of a professional Broadway soloist since we received so many positive comments about the amazing talent we had within our ranks. If you are a fan of Broadway music, this is a concert you will thoroughly enjoy," he said.
"Over the years, we have built an audience for this concert (founded about a dozen years ago). Beyond parents and families of the performers, we have members of the community who love Broadway tunes and come out for this event every year," Noyes said, adding that this annual event celebrates pieces from the Great American Songbook of the past century.
"And for our students, (a Broadway concert) gives them an opportunity, an experience to perform in a different style" beyond the "contemporary, folk and classic choral pieces we do throughout the year."
"I am so excited to perform a solo ... as well as being featured in the Smilow ... commercial. It is a privilege and honor to work with such talented singers and wonderful teachers such as Mr. Noyes and Mr. Cotellese. Being part of FCCC has given me great experience, invaluable opportunities and wonderful friendships."
When "anywhere near a stage, my adrenaline starts pumping. And I start thinking about how I can (emotionally) touch someone in the audience," Amanda said.
In the commercial, Amanda said that the "mob" sings the BoDeans' "Closer to Free."
"Oh, that was really cool," she said. And since the group started singing and performing on cue -- without advance warning to train-station passersby: "It was so awesome to see the expression on their faces."
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Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk. Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. concert, 5:30 p.m. silent auction; $20, $15. 203-414-4292; www.SingFCCC.org. Super Bowl XLVII, Sunday, Feb. 3, kick-off is 6:30 p.m. on CBS.