The Pueblo Choral Society will take the audience to magical places at its 2019 gala titled “Some Enchanted Evening” Sunday.

The event is the chorale’s annual fundraiser and will feature American standards from “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific” and “The King and I.”

The doors open at the Pueblo Union Depot at 5:15 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.

The evening promises to deliver plenty of magic through the classic standards performed.

“I think the sort of underlying sense of the program is the magical places where those musicals take us sort of unexpectedly,” said David Volk, Pueblo Choral Society artistic director. “It’s going to cast a really special kind of night. It’s kind of a magical place to be.

“It’s just pure fun. There’s good food and just a fun night out.”

Music selected for the gala is typically a departure from the rest of the chorale’s selections during the season.

The chorale performs more contemporary works, providing for a more lighthearted performance.

“We keep the music very entertaining and light,” Volk said. “It’s very accessible and it’s good music.”

Volk himself is a fan of the music from “My Fair Lady.”

He’s performed with pit orchestras professionally and in high school for musicals. The performance has allowed him to revisit that world.

“I like the music from ‘My Fair Lady’ and I was pretty excited when I talked about adding that to the program,” he said. “It’s fun to reconnect with a lot of this music because I’ve done it at various points in my career.”

Whereas as less people are buying albums and going to the movie theater to catch the latest flicks, musicals are still an American institution that are thriving.

Millions flock to Broadway each year to take in American musical theater.

“Musicals are just a fantastic way to tell a story,” Volk said. “People are still connecting to it. The music dimension just adds a whole different element in the story telling that really connects on an emotional level.”

Volk hopes people in attendance of Sunday’s show will share in that connection.

He’s also excited for people to hear the chorale. Volk said the group has never sounded better in the time he’s worked with them.

“We’ve really worked hard to just keep building and refining our sound as a choral group,” he said. “I think we’re at the top of our game. I”m just really excited to put ourselves out there as well as we’re singing right now.

“It’s exciting.”

Tickets for the gala are $45 and can be purchased at pueblochoralsociety.org.

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