Dick Van Dyke & L.A. Children’s Chorus

Apr 1, 2013

Just_a_little_black_rain_Cloud_by_purple_skunkWhat does Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Magic of Lassie and Iron Man 2 have in common?

All have benefited from the talent of composer Richard M. Sherman.

Along with his brother Robert B., in 1965, Richard won an Academy Award for Best Music, Substantially Original Score for Mary Poppins, and he won another one for Best Music, Original Song with “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” He was nominated for another five Oscars.

Personally, we think Sherman should have won a golden statuette for Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (especially for the consummate Pooh song “Little Black Rain Cloud”) and a whole slew of golden boys for Jungle Book (for which he goes uncredited).

“I Wanna Be Like You, The Monkey Song” and “That’s What Friends Are For, The Vulture Song” have got to be two of the all-time greatest songs in children’s animated musical films. Argue with us if you dare…

5The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, which is headquartered at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, honors Richard Sherman, as well as LACC advocates and benefactors Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin of San Marino, at the Gala Bel Canto on Wednesday, April 10th. The iconic Dick Van Dyke will be a special performer, as will be Broadway star Ashley Brown. The evening’s emcee is film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, and the event will be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event also includes a 3-course sit-down dinner by Patina, a variety of “exquisite” wines, and a “dazzling” live auction.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ artistic, educational, and scholarship programs.

LACC Gala Bel Canto
Wednesday, April 10th, 6 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 90012
Tickets: $350 per person
For complete info, call 626.793.4231 or visit (calendar)
To see invitation PDF, click HERE




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