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Chicago a cappella Jazz Concerts in Early March

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  • munn1938
    Chicago a cappella (the vocal group; unrelated to this news group except by interest) turns its talents to the art of vocal jazz and a cappella pop in three
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2002
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      Chicago a cappella (the vocal group; unrelated to this news group
      except by interest) turns its talents to the art of vocal jazz and a
      cappella pop in three early March jazz performances titled "Stormy
      Weather." Dates and venues are listed below. The nine singers of the
      acclaimed group will bring their intimate blend and feel for
      sophisticated harmony to standards such as Cole Porter's "Night
      and Day," George Gershwin's "Summertime," and Hoagy Carmichael's
      "The Nearness of You," as well as pop classics by Stevie Wonder and
      Brian Wilson. The finest a cappella arrangers in vocal jazz are
      represented, including Ward Swingle, Jennifer Shelton Barnes, and The
      Real Group's Anders Edenroth. "Stormy Weather" will be an evening
      of pure enjoyment.

      In "Stormy Weather," Chicago a cappella will showcase some of the
      greatest standards of American song, all sung in beautiful and fresh
      a cappella arrangements. The nine singers will wrap their voices
      around the sinuous melody of Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets In Your
      Eyes," the jaunty rhythm of Irving Berlin's "Steppin' Out
      with My Baby," and the familar strains of Rodgers and Hart's "Blue
      Moon."

      Jazz fans will get their due, as the group sings Duke Ellington's
      classic "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and Bill Evans's
      "Waltz for Debby." The arrangements for the concert include charts by
      Ward Swingle, whose Swingle Singers re-defined jazz singing.

      While Chicago a cappella has defined itself as a primarily classical
      ensemble, the singers have always displayed remarkable versatility.
      The group's arrangements of songs by Paul Simon, Lyle Lovett and
      k.d. lang have always been show-stoppers. Founder and artistic
      director Jonathan Miller states, "From the start, I always intended
      the group to sound convincing, no matter the style: Renaissance
      music, spirituals, Gregorian chant, and even vocal jazz. I have
      enjoyed the chance to dig deeply into the jazz and pop repertoire for
      this concert, and the singers sound terrific." Among the members of
      the group with extensive backgrounds in jazz and pop are soprano
      Kathleen Dietz, who has toured as backing vocalist for Kenny Rogers
      and sung with the adult-contemporary band Soleil Moon. Tenor Harold
      Brock and mezzo-soprano Amy Pickering perform regularly with the
      80's cover band "high in the lower 80's." Baritone Matthew
      Greenberg has appeared with the pop quintet Table for Five, and mezzo-
      soprano Susan Lerner sang the world premiere of an original piece by
      award-winning Chicago jazz-blues composer Peter Saltzman. In addition
      to Jonathan Miller, who sings low bass, "Stormy Weather" will also
      feature mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Grizzell, tenor Erik Carlson, and
      baritone Aaron Johnson.

      The "Stormy Weather" Concerts may be heard at any of three Chicago
      area venues and three dates:

      ** Saturday, March 2, 8:00 p.m., at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in
      Oak Park
      ** Saturday, March 9, 8:00 p.m., at The Newberry Library, 60 W.
      Walton St. in Chicago
      ** Sunday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Northwestern University's
      Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place in Evanston.

      Tickets: $25 / $20 senior / $12 student / Group rates available
      For tickets, call (773)755-1628 or 1-800-SING-WOW (800/746-4969).

      More information and online ticket sales: www.chicagoacappella.org
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