Tarleton jazz ensembles stage ‘Great American Songbook’ with student vocalists

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STEPHENVILLE (October 3, 2016) — Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts presents a special concert featuring Tarleton’s two Jazz Ensembles and several student vocalists at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Tarleton’s Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Greg Ball, along with several talented vocalists take the stage for their first concert of the fall 2016 semester. Members of the Tarleton Strings will accompany.

The public performance, The Great American Songbook, includes tunes such as “Too Darn Hot,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Sunny” and “Desafinado,” among others. Vocalists are Cheyenne Shreve, Rebeckah Anthony, Nathan Mena, Madi Bowen, Cassie Goodwin, John Pollock, Dr. Heather Hawk, Beth Rugg, Dr. Troy Robertson, Greg Ball, Logan Throckmorton, Channing Parker and Devon Harper.

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Selections for the concert include the music of William McCulloch, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, Thad Jones, Jerry Brock, Bobby Hebb, Antonio Carlos Jobim, W.C. Handy and Billy Strayhorn.

“It has been a tradition over the last several years to feature vocalists during our first concert,” Ball said. “It has become a very popular show that our students and audiences look forward to every year. The students had to audition to be part of this concert and then find time to rehearse with us. They really sound great!”

Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students, faculty and staff with a valid Tarleton ID. All seating is general admission, and tickets are available at the Fine Arts Box Office.

For more information about this and other upcoming events at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, visit: www.tarleton.edu/finearts/.

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