Community Concert schedule released

Community Concert schedule released

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2008 12:00 am

Music lovers can look forward to an array of spectacular performances in Union City this year. Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County has released its 2008-09 concert season information, which is sure to impress. On Sept. 11, the talented Italian singer Franc D’Ambrosio will deliver impressive renditions of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sammy Cahn and Nicholas Brodszky. D’Ambrosio, who resides in San Francisco, has performed as the Phantom in more than 2,600 performances in over a six-year period. With a striking resemblance to a young Marlon Brando, D’Ambrosio’s stirring vocal and stage skill leaves a memorable mark on the minds of his privileged audiences, a spokesman said. To kick off the Christmas season, The David Johnson Chorus, based in Dresden and including performers from Obion County, will deliver a moving spectacle of various Christmas favorites on Nov. 22. Their performance is entitled, “Come Celebrate Christmas.” A wide range of styles will come together in their unique holiday show, including ’30’s and ’40’s standards, madrigals, jazz, negro spirituals and popular African songs. The DJC promises an unforgettable evening for an audience of all ages. The University of Tennessee at Martin’s University Singers will also be showcased Nov. 22. The University Singers consists of a diverse combination of music majors, minors and various other concentrations of study. They perform many popular classical vocal pieces from a multitude of time periods. In recent performances they have undertaken the Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Te Deum and the Brahms Requiem, in addition to arduous 20th century music, spirituals and popular arrangements of audience favorites. Dukes of Dixieland will awe the audience Jan. 15 with their unique style of jazz and Dixieland, which pieces together gospel, pop and country sounds with those of authentic New Orleans. The Dukes are a very accomplished group that boasts sold out venues at the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and the Smithsonian. They have a tradition of more than 32 years to support their ever-enduring, but impressionable, style. The Tennessee Men’s Chorale, comprised of musicians from Baptist churches throughout the state, will dazzle the audience on April 22. Their shows are especially valuable because the group only performs a few times a year in addition to their international tours. Mostly made up of church choral directors, the group enjoys singing music that expresses their Christian faith. The Jackson Symphony will round out the concert season on May 9. Founded in 1961 to bring classical music to the Jackson area, the orchestra had modest beginnings but has grown to become a leading cultural organization in Jackson and West Tennessee with thousands of fans. They perform four classical concerts and three “pops” programs each season, in addition to several free concerts. In addition to the wonderful line up already scheduled, Community Concerts is planning an exceptional performance by a world-famous group which no one will want to miss. A special announcement will be made when the concert plans are finalized. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Union City Civic Auditorium with the exception of the Tennessee Men’s Chorale, whose program will be at First Baptist Church in Union City. Community Concert memberships are now available for $25 for students, $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens ages 55 and older and $95 for families. The Association also encourages residents and businesses to become patrons. Eighth notes begin at $100, quarter notes at $250, half notes at $500 and full notes at $1,000. Mail name, address and phone number, along with full payment, to Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, P.O. Box 894, Union City, TN 38281-0894. Published in The Messenger 8.1.08

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