Life, songs of Kate Smith to benefit performing arts center

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The life and 50-year career of Kate Smith will be presented in a first-person narrative with a rich variety of songs by Nadine Salonites at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer United Methodist Church, located at 1338 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Salonites will be accompanied on the piano by Kathleen Olander. This will be a concert to hear old-time favorite songs and learn of Kate Smith’s remarkable life and times. Admission is by donation to Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center. APPAC’s current developments and goals for 2009 will be presented during a break in the performance. Audience members are encouraged to become supporters of the nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the promotion and development of performing arts in the Auburn area. The afternoon concert is generously sponsored in cooperation with Placer Community Foundation. “Kate Smith, known as the Song Bird of the South, was an unbelievably versatile song stylist, having sung ballads, sacred, folk, musical comedy, blues, jazz, novelty, western, sentimental, current pop, patriotic and classical,” said Salonites. Of the songs associated with Kate Smith, Salonites will include a novelty number that was a hit of 1939, “The Woodpecker Song,” as well as the ballads and war songs, “White Cliffs of Dover,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” The program also will include “Ave Maria,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” and, of course, “God Bless America.” A graduate from the College of the Pacific with a major in music, Salonites continued vocal study in London and in Munich. After returning to the United States, she took on lead roles in 20 operas, sang with various California symphony orchestras, and, more recently, performed one-woman shows. She was instrumental in the development of the Woodland Opera House. After the concert, the audience is invited to a reception hosted by the Auburn branch of American Association of University Women. For information, call Sue Dings at (530) 885-9009 or the APPAC office at (530) 885-0156.