Sound-Clip of the first three verses of Robert Frost's "THE ROAD NOT TAKEN". From "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson. Syracuse Pops Chorus Ensemble, Performance on January 18, 2009. Conducted by Lou Lemos. Accompanied by Crystal LaPoint.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This a capella quodlibet, which combines "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful", was composed by Roger Ames specifically for the Syracuse Pops Chorus. It immediately became our theme song. Performance conducted by Lou Lemos.
Dress Rehearsal. June 2012. Directed by Lou Lemos. Soprano descant (three glorious notes) written for and sung by Katie Tangretti. Composed by Vin Lucid, the tenor whom you do not hear on the recording. Lyrics by The Lord, of course.
HOW TO HANDLE A WOMAN, from CAMELOT, by Lerner & Loewe
Sung by me, Vin Lucid, in memory of my wife Debbi, whom I met 50 years ago in 1966. She was a Freshman, 96 lbs, fresh of the bus from a Catholic girls high school.(see photo)I was much more experienced, a Junior, 19 years old. I lost her in 2013. She again weighed 96 lbs, and was more beautiful than ever. Always a lady, like her Aunt Claire.
Recorded March 18, 2016
at a concert by the Syracuse Pops Chorus
Liverpool First United Methodist Church
Lynnette Brown, Accompanist
Recorded by Dave Fulmer
We chat with Broadway star Ashley Brown, who joins Santa Claus, Principal Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, and the Houston Symphony and Chorus for the Very Merry Pops concerts at Jones Hall.
Ashley Brown talks with Bob Stevenson.