When planning the 2017 Multigenerational concert, Director Susan Laushman had a collaborator in her husband, Bob — a musician who has played with the chorus before and is a fan of the TV hit theme songs and commercial jingles of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. He did the research, and she did the transcribing. The result: A trip down memory lane with tunes that are toe-tapping.
The concert, planned for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, will be free to the community.
Selections will include dozens of theme songs from hit shows like Gilligan's Island, MASH, Cheers, and the Love Boat, interwoven with dozens of jingles that audience members likely will find themselves humming along to: Big Red gum ("Say goodbye a little longer, make it last a little longer, give your breathe long lasting freshness with Big Red..."), Chevy ("Like a rock") and Oscar Mayer ("My bologna has a first name..."). Behind it all, a multimedia projection of opening credits will bring back memories of shows like Mr. Ed, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres.