Sunday In the Park: Songs of Love, Life, and Light

CONCORD, NH. Fletcher-Murphy Park

September 27, 2020

On a slightly overcast Sunday afternoon with the scent of autumn leaves mingled with an occasional early September dew filled breeze, Tyler Shore, Concord New Hampshire’s native son and hometown favorite tenor, returned to share his vibrant vocals while gracing onlookers at Fletcher-Murphy Park. Thanks to a collaboration of three of downtown Concord’s local arts organizations from the Concord Community Music School, to the Capitol Center for the Arts, as well as from the Bank of New Hampshire Stage, Shore’s concert marked the end of a host of eclectically produced Sunday in the Park concerts; nine in all. Shore performed with renowned New England collaborative pianist, Kathy Southworth (also the Dean of Students and Faculty at CCMS), as well as with well-known and local guitarist and bass player, David Shore, Shore’s older brother.

Shore was introduced by Katie Collins, CCA’s Director of Development and CCMS’ CEO and President Peggy Senter. Each lauded Shore’s talents sharing their appreciation for his previous musical theater performances over the years with RB Productions at the CCA as well as at CCMS and with the Peacock Players to name just a few of the organizations where his musical theater talents have been highly celebrated, welcoming his return. The moment Shore began to sing, we knew why.

Shore’s hour-long program featured an intricately well-chosen tapestry of showtunes and crooner songs that prompted smiles from onlookers from beginning to end as this LIVE streamer can attest. He couldn’t have chosen a more engaging and invitingly buoyant first selection to start his program, “You Make Me Feel So Young” by Cahn, Gordon and Myrow. His vocals were crisp and clear with just the right hint of vibrato (vocal shimmer) for this listener, a smile evident in and with every note he expressed. Shore’s delivery and presence conjured a young Gordon McCrae with the occasional timbre and sensitivity and melodic navigation of a Michael Feinstein, on occasion even matching the might and brightness of a Nathan Lane, but with more constant lyricality. Shore’s voice nonetheless displayed its own tapestry of pleasingly individual sonorities.

Shore not only showcased his impeccable upper range and theatrical gifts in sharing well-known tunes (“Beautiful City” from Godspell, “Waving Through a Window” and “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen) with an incredibly sweet falsetto that glistened, but he also performed more cerebrally obscure selections, such as “How Glory Goes” from Floyd Collins and graced the audience with a more vulnerable acoustic duet and presentation with brother, David, of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah;” their harmonies a genetically pleasing blend. One of this listener’s favorite songs from today’s concert, however, “It Don’t Get Better Than This,” from Urban Cowboy couldn’t have been more apropos with its lyrics and hope filled conviction and gratitude in keeping with today’s featured performer’s aura.

All in all, Shore’s first performance in six months was a true success thanks to his overall communication skills both sung as well as spoken; for his evident and exuberant audience appreciation and the sharing of hope throughout his concert verbally as well as musically; and thanks to his well-prepared ensembles with the very capable and supportive accompaniment of Southworth and of brother David (and no thanks to an occasional aggressive gust of wind.) This blossoming tenor in his early twenties who shared such a command of his vocals today with such ease makes this listener want to hear even more!

Ellen Nordstrom
Lyric Mezzo & Vocal Coach