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Motlow College Spring Concert to feature music from Broadway, Beatlemania and Sinatra

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Music from Broadway musicals “American Idiot” and “Wicked” and songs made famous by the Beatles will be performed by the Motlow College Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Band during the Motlow Music Department’s spring concert on April 18, said David Bethea, a music instructor at the college.

A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in Eoff Hall on Motlow’s Moore County campus. The public is invited to both at no charge.

Bethea said the 12-student Vocal Ensemble will sing selections from the musicals and a medley of 15 Beatles tunes. Audience members will be invited to sing along to their favorite Beatles songs. Students in the ensemble include Jeanna Anderson, D’Angelo Brown, Dale Campbell, Aline Carpenter, Alyssa Cassidy, Elizabeth Daniels, Russell Forbes, Weston Foster, Lance Howard, Lauren Miller, Sandy Phillips and Rebecca Whitman.

“Each performer in the Vocal Ensemble plays a vital role in the performance, and each member will be featured on a solo at various times throughout the musical production,” Bethea said.

The Jazz Ensemble, which features local community musicians, will perform a number of instrumentals by various artists, with vocal performances focusing on songs by Frank Sinatra, known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and “The Sultan of Swoon.”

“Included in this portion of the concert are several pieces made popular by Sinatra,” Bethea added. “Jacob Gray, a local performer, will sing such great Sinatra tunes as ‘More,’ ‘I’m Beginning to See the Light,’ ‘Our Love is Here to Stay’ and ‘My Way.’ It’s going to be an exciting night of great music. I invite everyone to come out and support the students and local musicians.”